SEOUL: United States deployed hi-tech anti-ballistic missiles system, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in South Korea on Monday night in response to North Korean missile tests.
The first pieces of a US-built missile defense system designed to mitigate the threat of North Korean missiles arrived at the Osan Air Base in South Korea Monday night, according to the US military.
The announcement comes just a day after North Korea test-fired four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.
While China opposed the placement of THAAD system in South Korea. Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang said on Tuesday “We will firmly take necessary measures to preserve our own security interest, and the US and South Korea must bear the potential consequences.”
“Continued provocative actions by North Korea, to include yesterday’s launch of multiple missiles, only confirm the prudence of our alliance decision last year to deploy THAAD to South Korea,” Adm. Harry Harris, commander, US Pacific Command, said in a news release.
The decision to deploy THAAD in South Korea was made in July of last year, and US President Donald Trump’s administration has said it’s committed to following through.
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and South Korean Defense Secretary Han Min-koo spoke over the phone last week and agreed that THAAD should be deployed.