U.S. & China Are Set For Confrontation Over THAAD
So first off, what is THAAD, you ask?
A short form for ‘The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System‘, THAAD is the anti-ballistic missile defense system that the U.S. has installed in the South Korean region of Seongju, as a defense against the looming nuclear threat of North Korea.
Having set up the defense system last week, the U.S. military has confirmed that THAAD is now officially operational, and is ready to intercept any threats from North Korea. Colonel Rob Manning, a U.S. forces Korea spokesperson, said, “U.S. Forces Korea confirms the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system is operational and has the ability to intercept North Korean missiles and defend the Republic of the Korea.”
Now while we can expect the North Koreans to be annoyed at this development, they aren’t the only ones.
As expected, the only allies of the North Koreans, the Chinese, have expressed their opposition to the U.S.’s deployment of the THAAD. China evidently sees this as a threat to its own military might in the region. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said, “China calls for an immediate stop to the THAAD deployment on the Korean Peninsula.” He further added that “China will pursue protecting its interests going forward by taking the necessary measures in a stern manner.”
To make matters worse, South Koreans aren’t for the deployment of THAAD either, concerned that it would have large economic repercussions on their dealings with China. Most citizens had been in favor of waiting for the new President to review THAAD and make an informed decision post elections.
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