U.S. will deploy more THAAD systems in South Korea

Tuesday, 5 September, 2017 - 11:26

South Korea has announced it will install the remaining four launchers of a United States missile shield, conduct more drills and seek the deployment of powerful US assets, including strategic bombers, in a sign of stronger military actions to come in response to North Korea’s nuclear test.

The Defence Ministry announced the decision to complete the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (Thaad) and allow the construction of additional facilities at its base in Seongju on Monday (Sept 4), paving the way for the system to become fully operational against the North’s escalating nuclear and missile threats.

The announcement came as South Korea and the US agreed to seek the deployment of powerful assets, including a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and strategic bombers, and as South Korea’s air force and army conducted exercises involving long-range air-to-surface missiles and ballistic missiles.