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On July 7, 2016, the U.S. and South Korean governments announced their decision to deploy the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system in South Korea.
The cost of the system is estimated at $1.3 billion, and the average annual operating and sustainment costs amount to $200 million. This will inevitably come out of the pockets of U.S. and South Korean taxpayers.
The small agricultural county of Seongju with a population of 45,000, is mostly home to small farmers, who are now on the front lines of this struggle against missile defense. Thousands gather every night at candlelight vigils; students have walked out of classes to join protests; villagers have staged a mock funeral procession for the ruling conservative party and chased away government representatives offering to "negotiate."