JACK NICKLAUS | SOUTH KOREA
A Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in South Korea has been chosen as the place to deploy an advanced US missile defence unit.
According to Reuters, the South Korean military has put the unit in place at Lotte Skyhill Seongju Country Club as a way of defending the country from a North Korean attack as tensions continue to rise.
Last month, North Korea said they’d completed a fifth nuclear test, prompting global concern and condemnation against Kim Jong Un’s regime.
The military had originally planned to deploy the unit to a town outside of Seoul, but protests erupted over safety concerns should the units become a target if the conflict escalates, prompting the military to reevaluate its plans for the equipment.
Kim Byung-wook, an official at the club, told Reuters that the military informed the club of its plans to install a US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system at the course last Thursday.
"We will positively consider the deployment of THAAD at the golf course considering the grave situation regarding national security," he said.
However, the deployment of the missile at the Jack Nicklaus-designed course has not gone down well with both China and Russia – who have urged that the operation be stopped immediately.
"The United States' deployment of THAAD in South Korea cannot resolve the relevant parties' security concerns," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing.