The South Korean Defence Ministry formally signed a land-swap deal with Lotte group that would allow the deployment of a U.S. Missile Defence System in the country.

The government decided last year to deploy the U.S. Terminal high altitude area Defence system in response to the North Korean missile threat, on land that is part of a golf course owned by Lotte in the Seongju region, southeast of Seoul.

A South Korean military official said last week that the deployment could be completed by august.

South Korean Defence ministry spokesman moon Sang-Gyun the military will make efforts to persuade china which objects to the deployment in South Korea of the thaad system, which has a powerful radar capable of penetrating Chinese territory.