21 December 2016
According to reports, South Korea's acting President called for prompt deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system in the country to counter threats from North Korea.
TOKYO (Sputnik) – South Korea's acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn called for prompt deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system in the country to counter threats from North Korea.
Hwang's proposal comes amid calls from opposition parties to delay the deployment, scheduled for May 2017, and strong objections from China.
In July, Seoul and Washington agreed to deploy the THAAD system in South
Korea's Seongju County amid growing tensions spurred by North Korea's
ballistic and nuclear tests. The THAAD system is designed to intercept short,
medium and intermediate ballistic missiles at the terminal incoming stage. The
move has been criticized by neighboring China and Russia as inappropriate,
possibly disproportionate and affecting other countries' interests.