Deployment of US THAAD missile system to S Korea poses threat against China

The recent deployment of a US missile system to South Korea not only poses a threat against North Korea, but also threatens the whole region, particularly China, experts say.

The US announced the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system to South Korea on Monday.  

Washington is taking steps “to defend against North Korea’s ballistic missiles, such as through the deployment of a THAAD battery to South Korea,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Monday.

US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said “the US is actively engaged with its partners and allies in the region to address the threat posed by North Korea’s weapons programs.”

“This [THAAD deployment] is not meant to be a threat, and is not a threat to them or any other power in the region. It is a defensive system, and it is in place because of North Korea’s provocative behavior,” Toner said.

Experts, however, say that the US deployment of THAAD…

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