The agreement on deploying the THAAD system was reached between the US and South Korea in July 2016, and the first components of the system started to arrive in the country in early March. The agreement implies that Seoul provides land for the system while Washington pays for its installation and maintenance.
Seoul is expecting to fully station the system as early as June 2017, media reported, citing the South Korean Defense Ministry.
According to media reports, the THAAD battery deployed to South Korea will include from four to nine full-track portable launchers carrying eight intercepting missiles each. The system will also be equipped with the TPY-2 TM radar. According to reports, the interceptors will have an operational range of up to 200 kilometers.
"I cannot rule out that Washington told Seoul that those systems should be deployed to the region. South Korea is scared. For 60 years, it has been under the North Korean 'threat' inflated by its allies. So, the developments on the peninsula comply with the context of the last several decades," Zhuravskiy told Radio Sputnik.
According to him, the current situation is developing according to the scenario predetermined by the division between the two Koreas.
"But now everything has reached a new level. While previously it was about artillery systems, now nuclear weapons and missiles are in discussion," the expert concluded.
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