The United States has reportedly finished conducting site surveys of possible locations to deploy its advanced missile defense system in Korea.
Sources familiar with the matter say Washington has been checking out feasible locations in Asia, to deploy its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system and other military effects, since earlier this year.
The so-called THAAD system can strike down medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles mid-air.
Washington is likely to make a final decision on a site before the Korea-U.S. Security Consultative Meeting next month.
It's been speculated that the U.S. has been pressuring Seoul to join its tactical missile system.
The Korean government, which has been building its own missile defense capabilities,has not opposed Washington's plan, saying that it will help deter North Korea's nuclear and missile abilities, as well as strengthen security on the peninsula.
Another source said that the visit of U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, last month, probably had something to do with the THAAD system.
During the visit, Work said that Washington hopes for extreme interoperability with South Korea in the air defense system.
However, the defense ministry in Seoul says it hasn't received any official notification from the U.S. regarding the issue.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.
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