US Starts Deploying THAAD Anti-Missile Defense System in South Korea

09 March, 2017, 00:05 | Author: Garry Little
  • South Korea's defence ministry said that North Korea fired an

Foreign Minister Wang Yi's warning came after a cascade of events that has sent regional tensions soaring, including provocative North Korean missile tests and annual US-South Korean war games that infuriate Pyongyang.

The proposal from the Chinese foreign minister however appeared to fall flat, with Britain, France and Japan saying that North Korea must take the first step to show that it was ready to change course and abandon its military and nuclear programs.

China called earlier Wednesday for North Korea to suspend its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for a halt in joint military exercises conducted by the USA and North Korea.

"New Zealand strongly urges North Korea to cease such tests and abide by its worldwide obligations".

South Korea's military said the missiles were unlikely to have been intercontinental ballistic missiles which could reach the United States, but flew on average 1,000 km (600 miles) and reached a height of 260 km (160 miles).

Pyongyang's latest missiles fell in the sea just off the Japanese coast and it's believed they were fired in response to joint military exercises between the US and South Korea.

North Korea criticises the annual drills, calling them preparation for war against it. Trump also spoke with South Korea's acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn about his neighbor's missile launches.

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Ignoring the fact that North Korea is an allay of China, Wang said the country should suspend its tests of missile and nuclear technology to "defuse a looming crisis".

The launches also prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to reaffirm what the White House called the "ironclad commitment" of the United States to stand with Japan and South Korea in the face of Pyongyang's repeated violations of U.N. resolutions.

Tokyo had "lodged a stern protest with North Korea", Abe told reporters.

The measures include the planned deployment to South Korea of a missile defense system called Thaad, which has infuriated China, the North's key diplomatic ally and crucial to efforts to persuade it to change its ways.

Some equipment for the THAAD system had been delivered from the United States to South Korea, according to some reports on Tuesday.

In a statement, the United States military said the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system was aimed exclusively at defending South Korea against North Korean missiles.

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