The American missile defense system, designed to mitigate the threat of missiles North Korea will soon be commissioned, said Wednesday a senior U.S. commander in the Pacific.
Harry Harrison (Harry Harris) informed the Committee on the armed forces of the United States that the missile defense system (THAAD) to be deployed in the coming days, to better protect South Korea from the growing threat of North Korea." On Wednesday, the defense Ministry of South Korea said that part of the system was moved to the location of the planned deployment.
THAAD system was moved to South Korea in response to missile and nuclear tests of North Korea, but it has drawn criticism from China and Russia. The aim was that by the end of this year, the system was fully operational, but the US and South Korea publicly emphasized the need to accelerate the deployment of this technology, as Pyongyang is under tension.
Pacific fleet commander said that the North Korean leader is determined to develop nuclear long-range missile, which can strike at US, and this should "give us all a sense of urgency" to deploy American troops in the Pacific. He said that providing "reliable combat power" was the best way to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
As another deterrent, the commander pointed to the Michigan American submarine with guided missiles, which arrived in South Korea on Tuesday. "The public is nervous, and they should know that we have the military capacity to win, if there is a conflict", - said the Chairman of the house of representatives of the armed forces Mac Thornberry.
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