May 26, 2017 09:32
U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. Vincent Brooks on Thursday defended the deployment of a a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery in South Korea amid pledges from the new president here to let the National Assembly review the decision.
"This is all about North Korean missiles and the threat that North Korean missiles pose to [South Korea], and it's for the defense of [South Korea] and nothing else," Brooks told a security forum hosted by the Korea Retired Generals and Admirals Association and the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses.
He said that the THAAD deployment provides the allies with an unprecedented area defense against the North's missiles.
Citing a recent series of missile tests from the North, Brooks said the allies' deterrence has so far proved ineffective and there should be heavier international pressure.
North Korean leader Kim Jon-un's actions are putting South Korea and neighboring countries at risk, and there is need to "take that risk away without taking his systems away," he said.
"I am not suggesting that we allow him to keep his weapons," Brooks added. But "we have to actually address the vulnerabilities we have here in the Republic of Korea and find ways to lessen that vulnerability."
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