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South Korea Sees Thaad Missile Defense System Ready This Year

  • Moves to install the Thaad missile shield have angered China
  • South Korea sees intercept system operating by year’s end
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How China and the U.S. Could Deal With North Korea

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U.S. forces began installing a missile-defense system in South Korea, sparking protests from local residents and complaints from China as tensions mount over North Korea’s nuclear program.

South Korea’s defense ministry said the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, known as Thaad, should be operational by the end of the year. American forces were working with Korea to complete the deployment “as soon as feasible,” the U.S. Department of Defense said in an emailed statement.