US missile deployment in South Korea threatens regional stability: Russia

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system
Russia says the latest deployment of a US missile system in South Korea threatens regional stability and provokes an arms race.

The Russian Overseas Ministry on Thursday warned that the installment of the Terminal Excessive Altitude Space Protection (THAAD) system in South Korea would have “essentially the most critical detrimental penalties.”

“Such a improvement is fraught with essentially the most critical detrimental penalties for worldwide and regional strategic stability,” the ministry mentioned in an announcement.

“Within the Asia-Pacific area, the place an uneasy safety state of affairs already exists, a brand new, damaging issue has emerged that may additional complicate the nuclear query and different issues on the Korean Peninsula and provoke a regional arms race involving missiles,” it mentioned.

The primary items of the missile system arrived within the Osan Air Base in South Korea on Tuesday. A army official mentioned final month that the deployment could possibly be accomplished by August. Seoul intends to deliver the system on-line by the top of this yr.

China, one other regional energy, has additionally voiced opposition to the installment of the American system in South Korea.

The US and South Korea declare that the aim of the deployment is to guard the 2 international locations from North Korean missile threats.

The deployment of THAAD has additionally been opposed inside South Korea itself.

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