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US begins THAAD deployment despite China, Russia protests
March 7, 2017, 9:22 am

South Korean opposition protesters hold placards during a rally against the deployment of the advanced US missile defense system on the Korean Peninsula, called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD [Xinhua]

Despite repeated Chinese and Russian protests that such advanced weaponry would trigger an arms race in the Asia-Pacific region, the US began to deploy its anti-missile systems in South Korea.

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, is a response to Pyongyang’s recent ballistic missile tests, South Korea and the US – and now Japan – say.

As one of the most advanced missile defense systems in the world, THAAD can intercept and destroy ballistic missiles inside or just outside the atmosphere during their final phase of flight.

Despite claims by Washington and Seoul that the missile shield would be focused solely on North Korea, Beijing says the US deployment would pose considerable threat to neighboring countries.

The deployment comes just as North Korea completed another round of ballistic missile tests by firing four rockets into the Sea of Japan in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

The missile test also comes as Seoul and Washington launched their annual military drills on the Korean Peninsula. Pyongyang has said that the drills are designed as a means to invade North Korea.

China has repeatedly called for restraint in response to North Korea’s missile tests – strongly condemned by Beijing – and has called for a resumption of the six-party talks, which also include the two Koreas, Russia, Japan and the US.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

2 Responses to US begins THAAD deployment despite China, Russia protests

  1. Name Reply

    March 8, 2017 at 2:48 am

    If China is concerned about regional security, they would put pressure on the North Korean regime to stop their nuclear and missile programs. But there has been no action from Beijing or interest in doing so. Until North Korea as a threat to South Korea and U.S military bases in the region is dissolved, expect more deployments of these missile systems 🙂

  2. lisa Reply

    March 9, 2017 at 2:03 am

    The western strategy is to make relentless pressure, anxiety, fear – using manipulation, deceit, money (imposing its will) and force with threats of violence and actual violence.

    Nothing has changed in its decades-old destructive old and obvious games which saner nations I am certain are quite disgusted with.

    This will not change or improve. Like a cancer, or a vampire, they feed on and devour, destroy the health and liveliness of others.

    To isolate the disease, it will self-destruct faster and not take more life down with it. It will self-destruct
    anyway before much longer.

    I would not do business with them, not use their money which is poison.

    And when they have sunk, which is inevitable, please do not lift a finger to help them. They will only turn on you.

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