Amid the rising tension in Korean peninsula, US and South Korean military officials announced that advanced US missile defense system are ready to deploy in South Korea to cope with North Korea threats.
After North Korea conducted a nuclear test and long-range rocket launch every this year, the both allied countries had a formal talks on deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD.
The North Korea, Russia and China earlier said the deployment of the system can help US radars to spot missiles in their territories.
In a national television news conference, South Korea’s deputy defense minister, Yoo Jeh Seung, that they will quickly position the system because of North Korea’s growing weapons capabilities that greatly pose a big threat in the region.
Yoo said the two countries are closely determining the best strategic location for THAAD, achieving environmental, health and safety standards.
The announcement comes after North Korea sent a new mid-range ballistic missile last month, with more than 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) high.
Analysts explained that the High-Altitude flight of the Musudan missile mean that North Korea had made progress in its objective to be able to strike Washington forces throughout the region.
Meanwhile, North Korea has already warned a nuclear war in the Korean peninsula and has threatened to strengthen its armed forces if the missile deployment occurs.
The US and SoKor officials said the defense system is designed solely to ease the threat of NoKor missiles and will not target China or anyone else.
China considered as the biggest trading partner of SoKor, reason why may South Korean afraid that it will make an economic retaliatory measures.