Saturday, March 18, 2017

US builds missile defense system for South Korea, causing more tension

The Hill by Phillip E. Coyle  --

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), the ballistic missile defense system that the United States recently began constructing in South Korea, is intended to protect the South from North Korean aggression. Instead, it is likely that the system will antagonize China — whose cooperation will be necessary to defuse tensions on the Korean peninsula — and provoke North Korea, all without providing the South with a reliable defense against a full-scale attack.

If the U.S. is serious about improving South Korea’s security, it should negotiate to freeze Pyongyang’s nuclear program instead of deploying a defense system that will be shakily effective at best and that might start a nuclear war at worst.

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