US, S.Korea to deploy missile defense system

Posted On July 8, 2016 By In Top Stories, World News


The United States and South Korea have reached a deal to deploy an advanced missile defense system in South Korea to counter possible North Korean threats.

South Korean deputy defense minister for policy Yoo Jeh-seung made the announcement on Friday about the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, anti-missile system.

Yoo cited North Korea’s repeated nuclear tests and launches of Musudan intermediate-range ballistic and other missiles. He said the North’s actions seriously threaten safety in South Korea and the Asia-Pacific region.

Yoo stressed that the deployment will be aimed only at countering the threat from the North and never target any third country, in an apparent message to China, which opposes the move.

US commanding general in South Korea Thomas Vandal said at the news conference that the deployment will help improve missile defense capabilities critical to the 2 countries’ defense strategy.

The US and South Korea are expected to proceed with final talks on where to set up a THAAD missile defense unit.

The 2 countries launched formal talks on the deployment in February. China has strongly opposed the system, saying its advanced radar could reach northeastern China and be used to monitor its military.

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