In response to the recent U.S.-South Korean decision to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system in South Korea, the residents of Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province, where the THAAD battery is to be deployed, are waging an online petition campaign to call on the U.S. government to rescind its decision. Using the petition site, We the People, they aim to collect 100,000 signatures by August 14.

According to the petition site, the White House is obligated to give an official response within 60 days if a petition gathers 100,000 signatures within 30 days. With less than two weeks remaining to collect signatures, the petition has garnered 40,000 signatures.

With 60,000 signatures to gather in two weeks, residents of Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province, where the THAAD battery is to be deployed, are appealing to all those who stand in solidarity against the deployment of the THAAD system to sign the following petition:

 

Rescind the decision to deploy THAAD antimissile system in South Korea.

Created by H.S. on July 15, 2016

The U.S. and South Korean governments, against wide opposition of South Koreans (and strong subsequent backlash from local citizens of the deployment site), have agreed to deploy U.S.-made THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Air Defense) system in South Korea. This measure is supposedly to counter North Korean ballistic missiles and provide additional security, yet this is a controversial move that will likely to escalate tension in the region, by provoking North Korea, China and Russia into a spiraling arms race in the region that is already heavily militarized with weapons of mass destruction. Now, more than ever, is the time to step back and de-escalate tensions by pursuing negotiated settlements that will provide sustainable peace mechanism in the Korean Peninsula and the surrounding region.

To sign the petition, click here.

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