Tuesday, March 7, 2017

U.S. Begins Thaad Deployment in South Korea After Missile Firing

At Bloomberg -- Isabel Reynolds and Kanga Kong

A day after North Korea’s latest provocation, the U.S. announced that it unloaded two mobile missile launchers in South Korea to start deployment of its Thaad missile-defense system on the peninsula.

The move by U.S. Pacific Command came as North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the sea near Japan on Monday. The launches prompted President Donald Trump to reaffirm the U.S.-Japan military alliance in a phone call with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, pledging to demonstrate “there are very dire consequences” for such actions, according to a White House summary of the conversation. Trump also spoke with South Korea’s acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn.

In a statement, the U.S. military said the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system was aimed solely at defending South Korea against North Korean missiles. It could come online as early as next month, South Korea’s Yonhap News reported.

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