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US Moves THAAD Defense System into South Korea

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By Kody Fairfield

Amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula, it appears that the US-South Korean coalition is moving anti-missile defense systems into strategic positions.

The U.S. military has started moving parts of the controversial THAAD anti-missile defense system into a planned deployment site in South Korea, Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, amid high tensions over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs, explained Reuters.

The United States and South Korea have agreed to deploy THAAD in response to the threat of missile launches by North Korea but China says it will do little to deter the North while destabilizing the regional security balance, according to Reuters.

The report states that trucks loaded with the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system have entered the site on what had been a golf course in the county of Seongju in a southern region of South Korea, Yonhap news agency and YTN television reported.

Both the South Korean and the US officials are yet to comment on the situation, said Reuters.

The United States began moving the first elements of the advanced missile defense system into South Korea in early March after the North test-launched four ballistic missiles, Reuters explained.

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