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US THAAD Anti-Missile System To Be Deployed In South Korea's Seongju County

International Business Times

Amid North Korea's protest over an advanced anti-missile system that the U.S. and South Korea have agreed to install in the Korean Peninsula, Seoul announced Wednesday that the site where it will be deployed has been finalized. The plan to deploy Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, which is expected to help counter North Korea's missile and nuclear threats, has been criticized by Russia and has also angered China. The South Korean Defense Ministry said Wednesday that the THAAD system would be deployed in the southern county of Seongju, about 184 miles southeast of Seoul. South Korea and the U.S. announced last Friday that they had made a final decision to deploy the system "as soon as possible," most likely by the end of 2017. The placement of the THAAD system in mountainous Seongju, would help "more firmly secure the safety of our people living in two thirds of South Korea's territory while dramatically increasing the capacity to defend key state facilities like nuclear power plants and oil storages as well as the South Korea-U.S. alliance forces," Yoo Jeh-seung, South Korea's deputy defense minister for policy, said in a statement obtained by Yonhap.

North Korea Planning Attack? THAAD Deployment Will Weaken Kim Jong Un's Leverage, Top US Official Says

International Business Times

Amid growing tensions in the Korean peninsula over North Korea's continued missile tests, the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea is seen as a critical part of efforts to lessen North Korea's leverage from asymmetric weapons, a top American military commander in Seoul said Thursday. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, who leads the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK), made the comments a day after leader Kim Jong Un reportedly ordered mass production of a medium-range ballistic missile with the ability to reach U.S. bases. Brooks said, according to Yonhap News, a "very dangerous situation" is looming over the peninsula as North Korea carried out missile launches, claiming to be capable of carrying nuclear warheads. Pyongyang's actions are holding South Korea and neighboring countries at risk, and there is need to "take that risk away without taking his systems away," he said. Read: North Korea Ready To Attack US? Pyongyang Claims Latest Missile Was An IRBM, South Korea Denies "I am not suggesting that we allow him to keep his weapons," Brooks said, during a speech at a security forum in Seoul.

THAAD In South Korea: Seoul Won't Share Radar Information On North Korea's Missile, Nuclear Capabilities With Japan

International Business Times

South Korea said Monday that the information it would obtain from the radar of an advanced anti-missile system, which will be installed in the Korean Peninsula by the end of 2017, will not be shared directly with Japan. While the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system by the U.S. is expected to help South Korea counter the reclusive North's missile and nuclear threats, countries like Russia and China have criticized the move saying it would further accelerate the unrest in the region. "Under the trilateral information-sharing agreement with the U.S. and Japan, South Korea is obliged to share the information it gets on North Korea's nuclear and missile tests with Japan through the U.S. But the information detected by the THAAD radar won't be going to Tokyo," a South Korean government official, familiar with the matter, told Yonhap News Agency. According to another official, the U.S. will have to spend about 4 billion won ( 3.5 million) a year -- twice the 2 billion won needed annually for a Patriot PAC-2 system -- to operate a THAAD battery in South Korea.

U.S. adds launchers to THAAD as dozens hurt in South Korea protests

PBS NewsHour

A protest in Seongju, South Korea, opposes the deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in this still image taken from a Sept. 7 social media video. SEOUL, South Korea -- Dozens of people were injured in clashes between South Korean protesters and police Thursday as the U.S. military added more launchers to the high-tech missile-defense system it installed in a southern town to better cope with North Korean threats. Seoul has hardened its stance against Pyongyang after its torrent of weapons tests, the latest a detonation Sunday of what North Korea said was a thermonuclear weapon built for missiles capable of reaching the U.S. mainland. The clashes came as South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe met in Russia's Far East and repeated their calls for stronger punishment of North Korea over its nuclear ambitions, including denying the country oil supplies. The demand contradicted the stance of their host, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has dismissed sanctions as a solution.

US sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power

Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hours after a display of North Korean military power, rival South Korea announced Wednesday the installation of key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system meant to counter the North.