Russia has warned the United States against deploying its ballistic missile defense system in South Korea. Russian foreign ministry said in a statement Tuesday that such a move could threaten regional security. The U.S. argues that the deployment in South Korea would act as a deterrent to consistent military provocations by North Korea.
THAAD deployment to trigger an arms race in the region
Last week, North Korea warned that the country was fully prepared to use its nuclear weapons “anytime.” The ballistic missile defense system, known as THAAD or Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, will strictly be defensive, the U.S. officials said. But Russia said that such a development only raises concern “about the destructive influence of the United States’ global missile defense on international security.”
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