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    The United States will complete the installation of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery to South Korea if Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton wins the US presidency, Clinton campaign surrogate and former State Department official Kurt Campbell said on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — In July, South Korea and the United States agreed to deploy the anti-missile system in the Seongju County amid growing regional tensions, spurred by North Korea’s recent ballistic missile tests and two nuclear tests over the past year.

    "This is an appropriate step, a step the United States supports and we are prepared to follow through on it," Campbell said of THAAD at a meeting hosted by the Korea Economic Institute in Washington, DC.

    China and Russia have both opposed the THAAD deployment, arguing the system could be applied beyond deterring North Korea and affect Chinese and Russian interests in the region.

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