The U.S. will press ahead with plans to deploy a high-altitude anti-ballistic missile defense system in South Korea to defend against North Korea's continuous missile threats.
The U.S. government on Thursday dismissed Russia's concerns that the deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery or THAAD could trigger an arms race in Northeast Asia and make it more difficult to resolve issues.
Russia's foreign ministry said the plan will inevitably have a negative impact on the region.
Responding to that, the U.S. State Department stressed the defense system is not aimed at Russia.
It added the U.S. is committed to missile defense cooperation with Moscow, which will eventually enhance the security of NATO and Russia.
The top commander for U.S. forces in Korea asked the Pentagon in June to deploy THAAD to Korea.
"There's consideration being taken in order to consider THAAD being deployed in Korea. It was U.S initiative. In fact, I recommended it as the commander.
With North Korea's evolving threat we obviously continuously look at ways that we can enhance the defense of South Korea."
In May, the Wall Street Journal reported that Washington had conducted a site survey for possible deployment locations for the THAAD system, but no final decision had been made.
THAAD, a key part of the U.S. missile defense system, can intercept enemy forces' mid-range ballistic missiles in midair.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.
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