In South Korea, launched the us missile defense system in a week before the country's presidential elections, expected to lead to criticism of the government in relation to its deployment.
Terminal protection system high altitude (THAAD) "works and has the ability to intercept North Korean missiles and defend the Republic of Korea", - reads the statement of the representative of the US armed forces in Korea. THAAD was deployed in South Korea from the United States in response to increased missile and nuclear tests of North Korea, but the defense system has drawn sharp criticism from China and Russia, whose territory lies within the system.
China once again expressed his dissatisfaction on Tuesday, calling on both parties "to immediately stop the deployment." "We will also firmly adopt the necessary measures to protect our own interests" - said foreign Ministry spokesman China Geng Shuang. Maybe this system was deployed, but, according to the representative of the Ministry of defense, the operation "restricted".
However, the official said that the system is able to shoot down North Korean missile, adding that the US hopes to install additional units to increase the coverage area of South Korea. It is assumed that the missile system will not be fully operational until the end of the year, but officials from the U.S. and South Korea publicly emphasized the need to accelerate the deployment of this technology in conditions of tension associated with Pyongyang.
The representative of the Ministry of defense of South Korea moon San-Kyung at a press briefing last week said that the equipment, including launchers, station command and control and radar were deployed at the site in the province of North Gyeongsang province, and will soon be commissioned.
"These things are already created, so you can connect them to obtain operational capabilities from the beginning - that means" within a few days, " he said.
Moon Jain, the leader in the presidential election in South Korea, which will be held may 9, was skeptical about THAAD. Throughout his campaign, he called for its deployment. Speaking to the South Korean radio station BBS FM on Tuesday, moon said that the deployment is "not yet complete" and should be discussed at the public consultation and voting in the National Assembly of the country.
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