Washington Firm on THAAD Deployment in Korea

      June 29, 2015 11:00

      A U.S. official has confirmed that Washington is determined to station Terminal High Altitude Area Defense batteries in South Korea.

      Frank Rose, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification and compliance, said that the U.S. position remains "unchanged."

      Rose was speaking at a seminar hosted by the Atlantic Council, a think tank, in Washington last Thursday.

      Rose first mentioned the possibility of permanent deployment of THAAD batteries here on May 19 but added there would have to be consultations with Korea.

      On Thursday too, Rose maintained the flimsy fiction that no consultation with Korea has taken place so far.

      He insisted the U.S.' missile defense weapons do not target Russia or China. But Beijing is firmly opposed to their deployment here because it believes they form a core part of U.S. attempts to contain China.

      Brian McKeon, the U.S. principal deputy under secretary of defense for policy, who also attended the seminar, claimed the U.S. missile defense system is intended to protect the U.S. from threats of limited intercontinental ballistic missile systems of North Korea or Iran, not China or Russia.

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