30 Apr '17, 2pm

US reassures South Korea it will pay for THAAD, Seoul says:

SEOUL, South Korea — The U.S. administration reassured South Korea on Sunday that it will pay the cost of an advanced missile defense system as officials tried to quell outrage after President Donald Trump said Seoul should cover the $1 billion cost. Trump’s statement cast a shadow over the longstanding alliance between the two countries at a time of rising tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. The North test-fired a missile Saturday. Military officials said it broke up over land shortly after takeoff, but the launch underscored Pyongyang’s defiance despite mounting international pressure and the threat of new economic sanctions. The USS Carl Vinson strike group also joined South Korean ships in joint war games off the east coast of the divided peninsula Saturday. THAAD protests The growing nuclear and missile threat from North Korea was the reason cited by ...

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