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US Anti-Missile Battery Being Deployed in South Korea

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A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile system. (U.S. Department of Defense via Wikimedia Commons)
 

By    |   Friday, 04 Nov 2016 11:27 AM

A U.S. anti-missile battery will be deployed in South Korea within the next eight to 10 months as a deterrent to North Korean threats, the commander of American forces there announced.

Gen. Vincent Brooks, the commander of U.S. forces in South Korea, revealed on Friday that a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system battery would be deployed, said Reuters.

The THAAD system is designed to shoot down short, medium, and intermediate range ballistic missiles as they approach their target. Because it depends on impact rather than an explosive, a THAAD missile minimizes the risk of setting off conventional warheads on ballistic missiles and detonating nuclear tipped ballistic missiles.

The deployment has upset China because the missile system's sophisticated radar can penetrate far beyond the Korean Peninsula.

Brooks was quoted in a Yonhap news agency report that outlined the plans for the deployment.

“You’re gonna see the deployment of a THAAD battery. This is an alliance decision. It will come in the next eight to 10 months. That is an Army unit and…a larger configuration than the one in Guam,” Brooks said at a seminar in Seoul.

However, China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said her country is calling for immediate termination of the deployment.

“The U.S. deployment of THAAD on the Korean Peninsula seriously damages strategic balance in the region and seriously harms the strategic security interests of relevant regional countries, including China,” said Chunying.

South Korea said it plan to have THAAD up and running by the end of 2017 at the latest.

According to Reuters, North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests and several ballistic missile tests this year.

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A U.S. anti-missile battery will be deployed in South Korea within the next eight to 10 months as a deterrent to North Korean threats, the commander of American forces there announced.
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