The US and South Korea are planning to sign a deal on placing a US THAAD anti-ballistic missile defense system in the country.
South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun was quoted as confirming by Yonhap news that Seoul was not going to purchase the defense system from Washington.
According to the Yonhap news report, citing Moon, signing of the "terms of reference" on deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) unit in South Korea will take place on Wednesday or Thursday.
Seoul and Washington "decided to put off the signing of the terms of reference, which was originally slated for today," the spokesman said, adding that some details still needed to be ironed out.
Earlier in February, Pentagon said that Washington and Seoul planned to begin talks on deploying the THAAD anti-ballistic missile system to South Korea to defend the region against North Korea’s development of ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons, sputnik said in a report Tuesday.
The reports on THAAD purchase by South Korea emerged days after North Korea had launched a Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite atop a long-range rocket, defying a UN Security Council resolution, which bans Pyongyang from launching rockets that could be used as ballistic missiles carrying nuclear warheads.
South Korean conservative ruling party leader has openly demanded for a nuclear armed South Korea and to consider atomic weapons and long-range missiles to act as an effective deterrence against Pyongyang. “Considering North Koreas nuclear [and missile capabilities], we need to think about our own survival strategy and countermeasures that include peaceful nuclear and missile programs for the sake of self-defense,” said Rep
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China has opposed the deployment of an advanced Thaad missile defense system by US in South Korea. "We exchanged views on the THAAD issue and the Chinese side expressed opposition," Chinese executive Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui was quoted as saying in a statement by Yonhap news agency after talks with his South Korean counterpart, Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam
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Asian nations are acquiring or modernizing missile defense capabilities to match emerging threats from their neighbours in turn accelerating a missile race in the region. The Japanese government on Monday decided on a plan to develop land-to-sea missiles with a range of 300 km (186 miles) to protect the nations isolated islands, including the Senkaku against Chinese ‘encroachment plans
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