Seoul has no plan to buy US missile-defense system


SEOUL: South Korea reaffirmed Monday on its long-held stance of not purchasing an advanced missile-defense battery from the United States amid growing calls from its ruling party lawmakers to introduce it to better guard against North Korea’s missiles. The US has hinted at the deployment of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery on Korean soil, home to about 28,500 American troops, to better cope with the growing threats of Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile capabilities. “The defense ministry has no plan to purchase a THAAD system,” ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told a regular briefing.



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