Carter: US missile defense 'going to happen' in S. Korea

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    Carter: US missile defense 'going to happen' in S. Korea
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    By MATTHEW PENNINGTON
    Associated Press
    Published: April 8, 2016

    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday that the proposed placement of a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea is "going to happen" despite Chinese opposition.

    Washington and Seoul began talks last month on deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, system to combat the threat of North Korean missiles, following a recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch by Pyongyang.

    Carter was speaking Friday on U.S. defense policy toward the Asia-Pacific ahead of a trip to India and the Philippines. He was asked if the THAAD deployment was going to happen.

    "It's going to happen," Carter told the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. "No, it's a necessary thing. It's between us and the South Koreans. It's part of protecting our own forces on the Korean Peninsula and protecting South Korea. It has nothing to do with the Chinese."

    More at: http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/carter-us-missile-defense-going-to-happen-in-s-korea-1.403641
     
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    Strong words from South Korea on THAAD.

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    China must see missile defense is 'live or die' for South Korea: Seoul official

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    China needs to understand that it is a matter of life or death for South Koreans to protect themselves from possible North Korean nuclear attack and that Beijing should engage in talks over the possible deployment of a new U.S. anti-missile system there, a senior South Korean official said on Monday.

    The United States and South Korea earlier began talks on possible deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system after North Korea tested its fourth nuclear bomb on Jan. 6 and launched a long-range rocket on Feb. 7, but China firmly opposes the move.

    Shin Beomchul, director-general for policy planning at South Korea's foreign ministry, told a seminar that more conversations were need with China on the issue.

    "I hope to ask China’s understanding of what (South) Korea is feeling about the North Korean threat," he told the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

    "It is not the usual threat, it is a nuclear threat. That’s very serious. We are now in the live-or-die situation," he said.

    "We have to solve the ... misunderstanding, but the fundamental point is that to protect our country is the top priority."

    Ultimately, the way to resolve the controversy would be to decrease the North Korean threat, he added.

    Mark Lambert, director of the Office of Korean Affairs at the U.S. State Department, told the seminar Beijing was still refusing a U.S. offer of briefings to explain that the system was not aimed at limiting China's defense capabilities.

    South Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Hyoung-zhin stressed the need for all countries to put pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear program through full implementation of international and bilateral sanctions.

    He said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's government did not look likely to give up nuclear weapons under any circumstances, but did respond to external stimuli.

    "If these elements are tightly interwoven without any loophole ... the Kim Jong Un regime will realize that it cannot survive unless it gives up its nuclear program and takes steps towards denuclearization," he said.

    Lambert said U.S. experts wanted to explain that the THAAD system would not negate China's nuclear deterrent as its radars would be pointed northeast into North Korea, not into China.

    "We need to have that dialogue. But unfortunately to date, officials in Beijing have been unwilling to meet with our officials and hear that."
     
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    Geographically South Korea is small, and to make matters worse Seoul and much of the population lives very close to North Korea.

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    Indeed the North's nuclear threat is a life and death matter for the South. One Nuke on Seoul and South Korea is in big trouble. Would the US Nuke North Korea back? Maybe but it opens us up to retaliation from the North.

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    Placing THAADs in Korea is our only option.
     
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    THAAD's headed to South Korea.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2...-agree-to-deploy-thaad-missile-defence-system

    US and South Korean military officials have said they are ready to deploy an advanced US missile defence system in South Korea to cope with North Korean threats – a move likely to raise strong objections in Beijing, Moscow and Pyongyang.

    Seoul and Washington launched formal talks on deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) after North Korea conducted a nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch earlier this year. China, Russia and North Korea say the deployment could help US radars spot missiles in their countries.

    On Friday, South Korea’s deputy defence minister for policy, Yoo Jeh-seung, told a nationally televised news conference that Seoul and Washington would quickly deploy the system because North Korea’s growing weapons capabilities posed a big threat to the region.
     
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