The controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defence system has reached initial operating capability in South Korea, although it is months away from being fully operational, the US military official said.
THAAD, designed to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles during their final phase of flight, has now reached an "initial intercept capability", an official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the AFP news agency on Monday.
The missile defence system has been installed at a former golf course in the central county of Seongju, amid angry protests.
However, the official cautioned that THAAD would not be fully operational for a period of months, adding that it will be strengthened later this year as more parts of the system arrive.
THAAD's deployment comes as tension soars on the Korean Peninsula following a series of missile launches by the North, and warnings from US President Donald Trump that military action is an "option on the table".
South Korea has refused renegotiation possibilites to share estimated US$1 billion expenses spent by US for deploying Thaad missile defense system on land of the East Asian country. "I don't think it's an issue for renegotiation," Moon Sang-gyun, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense, was quoted as saying by
Seoul has rejected US President Donald Trumps demand of $1 billion for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system Washington is installing in South Korea to counter Norths threats. Trump called the five-year-old trade pact with South Korea "unacceptable" and said it would be targeted for renegotiation after his administration completes a revamp of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico, Trump said in an interview with
US has started to deploy major components of Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) Missile System at its site in South Korea. On Wednesday, six trailers carrying parts of the THAAD system arrived at a former golf course in the county of Seongju in the country's southern region, Yonhap news agency and YTN television reported today
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered to suspend any further deployment of US THAAD missile defence system until an environmental impact assessment is finished. There is “no need to withdraw” the two launchers that have already been deployed, a senior official at the Souths presidential office told reporters Wednesday
A Korean government investigation into how some of its MoD officials fraudulently tweaked land requirement to house the US THAAD missile to escape a comprehensive environmental impact study may delay deployment of the system. In addition, a full environmental study that may most likely follow the investigation, could take up to a year to complete, significantly delaying the deployment of the THAAD which is intended to provide South Korea a shield against incoming missiles from the North
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