17:40 GMT +330 March 2017
    A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor arrives at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, in this handout picture provided by the United States Forces Korea (USFK) and released by Yonhap on March 7, 2017. Picture taken on March 6, 2017

    US Deploys THAAD System in South Korea

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    The United States military has started deployment of THAAD system in South Korea, US military official stated.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — The United States has started the process of deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile system in South Korea, media reported Tuesday citing a Defense Ministry official.

    According to the Yonhap News Agency, parts of the system were delivered on Monday to the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, 43 miles south of Seoul.

    The THAAD system has a range of over 200 kilometers (125 miles) and is designed to intercept short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles at the terminal incoming stage. The agreement on THAAD between South Korea and the United States was reached in July 2016, spurred by North Korea's nuclear program development.

    Earlier, US Department of Defense spokesman Navy Commander Gary Ross told Sputnik that Missile launches by North Korea confirmed that the decision to deploy the THAAD system to South Korea was right.

    On Monday, media reported that North Korea fired four ballistic missiles, and three landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone, triggering a negative reaction from, Seoul, Tokyo and their allies.


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    • avatar
      How does the THAAD system stop hundreds, if not thousands of missiles ? Among these will be several nuclear tipped ones. A few nuclear bombs exploding over the area affects China, Russia, N&S Korea and Japan. Does it affect the US ?
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      Tolerancein reply totomlimsw(Show commentHide comment)
      I think the strategy of Russia and China is not to attack the vassals of the USA where the shield are located but to target mainland USA. These shields are useless
    • George
      No one has the 100% shield for the missile stocks in the world. If sometimes something happens, you must know that we all gonna be erased. No shield, tank, plane, sub can prevent that. But, maybe for 1 minute you could feel like a winner and then... the end. Said but true.
    • avatar
      THAAD does not work.
      NK has a diesel ballistic missile sub that can launch from outside any fixed missile defense system in South Korea.
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      Does South Korea know that its decision to permit this deployment will make it the first causality of a Nuclear attack,(attacks not by North Korea but by Russia and China) if any serious conflict occurs between the big powers ?
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