US missile defense system in S. Korea operational soon, admiral says

A missile defense system that the United States has begun installing in South Korea will be operational in the coming days, a top American admiral says Wednesday.

US troops began delivering the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system for installation on a former golf course in the southern county of Seongju earlier this morning.

THAAD “will be operational in the coming days and able to better defend South Korea against the growing North Korean threat,” Admiral Harry Harris, who heads Pacific Command, tells lawmakers.

Harris also says the US military is weighing whether it needs to install new missile interceptors on Hawaii, which could be one of the first parts of the United States to be in range of a North Korean missile.


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