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South Korea, U.S to discuss THAAD deployment 국방부 연결

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Within hours of the launch, South Korea′s defense ministry announced that Seoul and Washington would officially start negotiations on bringing the U.S. missile defense system known as THAAD, or Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, to the Korean peninsula. Our national defense correspondent Kim Hyun-bin is live at Seoul′s defense ministry. Hyun-bin, we′ve learned that Seoul and Washington are set to formally discuss deploying this missile defense system... which can target short, medium, and intermediate ballistic missiles in filght? Conn-young. South Korea′s defense ministry said this afternoon that Seoul and Washington will start discussing the possible deployment of THAAD to the Korean peninsula to better deal with Pyongyang′s nuclear and missile threats. ″To better counter North Korea′s increasing threats, South Korea and the U.S. have agreed to enhance our missile defense and will officially discuss the possibility of deploying THAAD to the Korean peninsula.″ . The THAAD deployment issue was raised by the commander of the U.S. Forces Korea during an emergency meeting at noon today... with South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo and U.S. Ambassador to Korea Mark Lippert. ″This was an alliance decision recommended by CFC commander General Curtis Scapparotti. We also have seen growing support for this voiced in the ROK on the issue of THAAD recently. To that end, it is time to move forward on this issue. We look forward to close consultation and coordination on THAAD, as well as dealing with the threats to peace and stability posed by the DPRK.″ The U.S. has seven THAAD batteries four on the mainland, one in Guam and two reserves,... one of which could be deployed to South Korea. THAAD has been a touchy subject in the region for years. What is so significant about the missile U.S. defense system and what has it been such a sensitive topic? Conn-young. China and Russia are strongly against the system, as they believe it will give the U.S. the upper hand in regional security, because the system can take down missiles aimed at the U.S. and its regional allies. The ministry says that if THAAD is deployed to the peninsula, it could defend half of the Korean peninsula if attacked, creating a strong nuclear umbrella. The ministry added that THAAD can not only take down ICBMs but also Scud, Nodong and Musudan missiles. THAAD is also equipped with a state-of-the-art X-band radar, with a range of up to 12-hundred kilometers, meaning most of China′s key cities, including Beijing, will be exposed. China′s foreign ministry expressed deep concern about the rocket launch, but urged the U.S. to take other countries′ security interests and regional peace and security issues into consideration. For the past few years, South Korea has been saying it will develop its own missile defense system. What is happening with that and who will be covering the defense costs for deploying THAAD to the peninsula? The ministry says