South Koreans just elected a new president: Moon Jae-in of the liberal Democratic Party of Korea. Moon’s victory ends a decade of conservative party-led government — and provides a bookend to a divisive political scandal, which saw President Park Geun-hye impeached in December. [South Koreans will elect a new president on Tuesday. Here’s what to expect.]
In early July 2016, the United States and South Korea (Republic of Korea or ROK) announced their agreement to deploy the advanced U.S. missile defense system, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), in Korea in response to North Korean nuclear and missile threats. At the time, everyone expected China and Russia to be the loudest opponents.