NYC: Oct.21: Vigil to demand No U.S. Missile Defense in Korea


NO to U.S. missile defense in Korea
Candlelight Vigil in New York City
Friday, October 21 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm
Southeast corner of 32nd St. and Broadway
in Koreatown, Manhattan

Please join on Friday, October 21, when peace advocates will hold Candlelight Vigils in cities across South Korea and the United States to say NO to U.S. missile defense in Korea.

In July 2016, the U.S. and South Korean governments agreed to deploy the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system in Korea.

The United States already has two THAAD batteries deployed in Guam since 2013, as well as two AN/TPY-2 radars in Japan (at Shariki and Kyogamisaki) plus a range of ship-borne and land-based radars in other parts of the Pacific.  Now, the U.S. wants to add one in Korea.

South Koreans are fighting to block deployment of the THAAD system; and melon farmers in the small agricultural town of Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province, where the THAAD system is to be based, have been holding nightly candlelight vigils in opposition to THAAD deployment.

THAAD deployment is also of concern to people in the United States as the continuing development of new and more destructive weapons systems draws precious resources away from needed domestic social programs.

The U.S. THAAD deployment in South Korea is part of the U.S. “pivot” to the Asia Pacific and expands the already significant network of U.S. “missile defense” systems encircling China and Russia. It will intensify military tensions and fuel a new arms race in the region, as well as increase the possibility of a new war on the Korean peninsula.  It also undermines the national sovereignty and democratic aspirations of the South Korean people.


WHEN: Friday, October 21, 6:30 to 8 pm
WHERE: Southeast corner of 32nd St and Broadway
in Koreatown, Manhattan