South Korea has begun the deployment of the U.S. designed missile defense system known as THAAD, or the Thermal High Altitude Area Defense system in response to new provocation and ballistic missile tests from North Korea. This announcement comes after North Korea test fired four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan in a “training exercise to strike U.S. military bases in Japan”
South Korean Defense Secretary Han Min-koo and US Secretary of Defense James Mattis agreed that THAAD should be deployed “as soon as possible” in a discussion over the phone last week.
North Korea and China see the missile defense system as a threat that will push the Korean peninsula to the “brink of a nuclear war”.
Here is how THAAD works:
The deployment of THAAD and the new tests from North Korea show the graveness of the situation and the high probability of conflict, but also the hard line stance the Trump Administration is taking in it’s early days against North Korean threats.
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