The U.S. and South Korea agreed to deploy advanced military defense system that could intercept North Korean missiles after the test by Pyongyang in defiance of UN resolutions.
After several months of negotiations, the two governments said they are in the final stage of negotiations about the system called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), which must be installed.
Yoo jeha-sung, the head of the Bureau for defense policy of South Korea said that it would be "a defensive measure" to "protect the Alliance's military forces from North Korea's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles."
"The system will focus exclusively on the North Korean nuclear and missile threats and will not be directed towards any country," Yu said at a joint press conference with the participation of US officials and South Korea.
Last month, Pyongyang launched two missiles towards the sea of Japan, also known as the East China sea. "THAAD deployment will not help realize the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, or the maintenance of peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula," reads the statement from the foreign Ministry of China.
China urged the United States and South Korea to stop the deployment process and to "refrain" from actions that can harm the interests of strategic interests and security interests of China."
The Russian foreign Ministry said that the move will "have a negative impact on strategic stability in the world," the official Interfax news Agency. As the closest neighbor of North Korea, China said it is considering a manifold increase in US military presence in the region as a security breach and an insult to China.
THAAD - established in the US army and can intercept ballistic missile, which flies down at incredible speed and height. The system has been used for many years in such places as
GUAM and Hawaii. It can protect itself from North Korea's missile short and medium range.
A formal decision on deploying THAAD was made in two days after were violated U.S. sanctions, which were distributed personally to the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-UN and 10 other officials for alleged human rights violations. That is, the addition to severe sanctions against the government in relation to nuclear and missile activities.
North Korea criticized the decision, calling it "an open Declaration of war against the DPRK" and "such a crime can not be pardoned", said state Agency KCNA.
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