31 Jan '17, 12am

ANALYSIS | North Korea at the top of the agenda as Mattis heads to Seoul:

ANALYSIS | North Korea at the top of the agenda as Mattis heads to Seoul:

SEOUL, South Korea — Plans to deploy an American anti-missile battery to South Korea and the growing North Korean threat will be at the top of Jim Mattis's agenda this week when the new defense secretary visits South Korea and Japan on his first foreign trip. Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general, will meet with Han Min-koo, the South Korean defense minister, in Seoul Thursday before heading to Tokyo. Han is expected to reiterate South Korea's commitment to hosting the Terminal High Altitude Aerial Defense system, or THAAD. But with China exacting economic revenge on South Korea over its decision to host the missile battery and the South Korean government in crisis, some in Seoul now have jitters about the plan. Moon Jae-in, the progressive candidate currently running at the top of the presidential polls, has said decisions on the THAAD deployment should wait until the ne...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/north-korea-at-the-to...

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