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Activists demonstrate against a U.S. missile defense system installed in Seongju county, South Korea, since 2017. Protesters stand near the entrance of the base, the site of a former golf course. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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Protest banners hang in rural Seongju county, where the U.S. has installed a missile defense system known by its acronym, THAAD. Residents oppose the installation, and it's become an issue in South Korea's upcoming presidential election. The front-runner says he wants to rethink the U.S. deal. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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Korean Village's Message To THAAD Missile Defense System: 'Go Away'

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In this photo provided by U.S. Forces Korea, trucks carrying U.S. missile launchers and other equipment needed to set up the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system arrive at the Osan air base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea on Monday. U.S. Force Korea via AP hide caption

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U.S. Fast-Tracks Missile Defense System To South Korea, Drawing China's Ire

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Two mobile launchers landed in South Korea late Monday, part of a missile defense system that the U.S. military says is meant to defend the country against a North Korean attack. U.S. Forces Korea hide caption

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