On February 12, the United States deployed to South Korea additional Patriot missiles in response to recent actions taken by North Korea that included a long-range missile launch and nuclear test. The added missile component was in the form of a US Patriot missile battery. More advanced defense systems may be added soon if talks between the two countries are not successful. More advanced systems may include the THAAD missile system. THAAD stands for Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense.
Tensions in the region have been high lately, and other non-military actions have only added to those tensions. Recently, South Korea closed a factory park that it shares with the North saying that the North had been using profits from its (the North) factories to fund missile programs as well as its nuclear weapons programs. In turn, North Korea deported South Korean citizens, seized many assets belonging to South Korea (within the factory park), and threatened to militarize the industrial park.
Air defense training using the Patriot missile system is already being conducted according to the US military command in South Korea. Commander of the US Eighth Army, Lt. Gen. Thomas Vandal, said in a recent statement: “Exercises like this ensure we are always ready to defend against an attack from North Korea.” He added: “North Korea’s continued development of ballistic missiles against the expressed will of the international community requires the alliance to maintain effective and ready ballistic missile defenses.”
As expected, both China and Russia are not happy about the possibility of the THAAD system being placed in South Korea. For its part, North Korea has said in the past that it may turn to nuclear war if the THAAD deployment occurs.
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