U.S. experts are throwing their support behind the possible deployment to South Korea of the American missile defense system, saying it'll make North Korea think twice before launching provocations.
Van Jackson, who served as a policy advisor at the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, said the potential THAAD deployment wouldn't solve all the security issues, but is a minimum required to provide protection in regards to the North's nuclear and ballistic missile threats.
Speaking at a seminar in Washington hosted by Asan Institute for International Policy,
Jackson said it's better to have more missile shields as long as the price is right.
He added that the optimal outcome would be the integration of South Korean and U.S. systems.
Daniel Chiu, a former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, said THAAD should give China more incentive to work with Washington on North Korea,especially if it's concerned about the implications of the system beyond countering North Korean threats.
Chiu also stressed that it's unproductive for China to speak of THAAD's purpose given the nature of Pyongyang's nuclear threats.
China strongly opposes the possible deployment as THAAD's radar system, which can cover two-thousand kilometers, could be used to monitor parts of mainland China, including Beijing.
Following high-level talks last week, a senior Chinese foreign ministry official publicly called on South Korea to consider Beijing's interests and concerns about THAAD.
Seoul, however, continues to stress that there have been no official discussions with Washington on the matter.
Connie Kim, Arirang News.