26 Apr '17, 10pm

US, S. Korea begin installing THAAD missile defense system:

US, S. Korea begin installing THAAD missile defense system:

SEOUL, South Korea – U.S. forces began installing an advanced missile defense system Wednesday, and South Korea said it will be operational by the end of the year as the allies step up pressure on the North over its nuclear weapons program. It was the latest move as both sides try to project force amid fears that rising tensions on the divided peninsula could erupt into a full-fledged conflict. The United States and South Korea agreed last year to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, to counter the growing threat from the North. But the decision met fierce opposition from China, which fears the system could be used against its military. Beijing said it expressed “serious concern” to Seoul and Washington and warned it will “firmly take necessary measures to safeguard its own interests.” "China strongly urges the US and South Korea to stop actions...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/us-s-korea-begin-ins...

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