THAAD Plans Cause Concern in Busan


The US Army is considering Busan as the most likely proposed site for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD. It is expected to cause a great deal of controversy in the city.

Considering the special characteristics of the missile defense system, the US Army has recently surveyed 5 sites including the US Army base in Pyeongtaek, Wonju City of Gangwon-do, Busan Gijang-gun, and Gimhae International Airport to host THAAD.

Without having any official position from the South Korean government, local political circles in Busan have expressed concerns about the potential results by the US.

Additionally, China called on South Korea today to take heed of Beijing’s concern over the possible deployment of an advance U.S. missile-defense system on South Korean soil when Seoul makes a decision on the issue.

The United States has expressed its hope to deploy a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (or THAAD) battery in South Korea.

But Seoul and Washington have said that there have been neither consultations nor a decision related to the THAAD deployment.

China has explicitly voiced its opposition to Washington’s possible deployment of a THAAD battery in South Korea, apparently out of concerns the move may be aimed at containing a rising China.

Chinese Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Liu Jianchao said after a meeting with his South Korean counterpart Lee Kyung-soo in Seoul that they had very candid and free discussions over the THAAD issue.

He also said that it would be appreciated if Seoul takes account of China’s concerns and worries.

Liu, who arrived in Seoul on Sunday for a four-day visit, expressed China’s hope that South Korea and the U.S. make an “appropriate” decision on the issue, but also added that China is concerned about a possible deployment. Source: Busan eFM News

The Latest Haps


Underground Highway From Haeundae to Gimhae Airport in the Works

The construction of a 22.8 kilometer underground highway from Gimhae Airport to Haeundae will be promoted to coincide with the opening of Gimhae New Airport in 2026.


Four Injured When Car Smashes into Hanyang Mart in Yeonje-gu

A vehicle smashed into a Hanyang Mart yesterday afternoon next to an apartment complex in Yeonje-gu.


China Threatens US B-1 Bomber Flying 70 Miles off of Jeju Island

The US supersonic bomber was in the controversial Chinese Air Defense Identification Zone.


City Wants to Reduce Speed Limit on All Roads in Busan

A plan to lower the speed limit on all roads in Busan from the current 60 kilometers per hour to 50 kilometers per hour will be promoted.


Ha Ha Hole Returns Friday With a New Theme

The monthly Ha Ha Hole returns this Friday night and it’s looking for female comics to take center stage.


New Zealand’s ‘Moses’ to Perform at Basement this Friday

Psychedelic shoegaze from New Zealand, Moses, will be performing in Busan Friday, March 10, on the Busan leg of their Whareama album release tour.


Up to 2,000 People Expected to be Involved in “Black Panther” Shooting

Around 2,000 people are expected to be involved in Marvel Comics “Black Panther” shooting in Busan.


Nearly Half of Korean Men Suffer Hair Loss in Their 20s

Nearly half of Korean men begin losing their hair in their 20s according to a recent survey.


4th Busan International Boat Show Begins Today

The nation’s favorite boat festival sets sail for the fourth year.


10 Second Korean: ~ 가주세요 [ gajuseyo ]

Easy and quick Korean expressions!


Lunch Special at Nongshim Hotel’s Naedong Restaurant

The Nongshim Hotel is offering a special lunch menu set at its signature Korean restaurant, Naedong.


BIWA to Host Mardi Gras Ball in April

The Busan International Women’s Association is hosting a “Mardi Gras Ball” on Saturday, April 22nd at the Haeundae Grand Hotel.


Paradise Hotel’s ‘Nampoong’ Presents New Dim Sum Course

The Paradise Hotel’s third floor Chinese restaurant ‘Nampoong’ has introduced a new dim sum course meal for spring.


Guam Preferred Travel Choice for Korean Families

A recent survey by Expedia Korea has shown that Guam is the preferred choice for Korean family vacations.


Princess Cruises Announces Voyages Focusing on Japanese Festivals and Heritage Sites

The voyages are designed to offer opportunities to explore the wonders of UNESCO World Heritage sites and to participate in some of Japan’s largest and most celebrated cultural festivals and special events.


Jeju Air to Offer Big Promo on all its Flights From Gimhae

Jeju Air will hold a big promotional event with great prices on domestic and international tickets from the 23rd of March through the 5th of April.


Sajik Stadium to Charge Parking From this Year

Drivers will have to pay for their parking at the attached parking area of Sajik Stadium starting from the next month.


Giants to Have Two Lee Dae-ho ‘Cheering Zone’ Home Games

The Lotte Giants, will have a special “Lee Dae Ho Cheering Zone” at the opening home game on April 4th and the first weekend home game on April 8th.


Guide to Trekking in Seoraksan National Park

What is the perfect season in the Korean peninsula to hike and camp in Seoraksan National Park?





HQ bar