South Korea Sees Thaad Missile Defense System Ready This Year

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South Korean protesters stage a rally to oppose a plan to deploy an advanced USA missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, in front of the Defense Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 28, 2017.

"There is no limit to the strike power of the People's Army armed with our style of cutting-edge military equipment including various precision and miniaturised nuclear weapons and submarine-launched ballistic missiles".

According to the source, North Korea has conducted the drill around the eastern port city of Wonsan. Concerns have grown in recent weeks that the north could be preparing to launch its sixth nuclear test.

Although THAAD will ease South Korea's security, China has been a vocal critic of the advanced missile interceptor.

South Korea's Ministry of National Defense confirmed the beginning of full-scale deployment following reports of the installation, saying, "The measure this time is meant to secure early operational capability by positioning some available parts first at the site".

South Korea Sees Thaad Missile Defense System Ready This Year
South Korea Sees Thaad Missile Defense System Ready This Year

U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to prevent the North from being able to hit the United States with a nuclear missile and has said all options are on the table.

"He's not going to let this nut-job in North Korea develop a missile with a nuclear weapon on top to hit America", Graham said, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Graham told Fox News he was impressed by Trump's resolve.

China has warned against moving the missile defense system into place, arguing that it is not likely to help deter North Korea and could be seen as a provocation by the U.S.

South Korea accuses China of discriminating against some South Korean companies operating in China because of the THAAD deployment.

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