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U.S. Upgrading Korea Missile Defense Even as ‘War Games’ Halted

  • Lawmakers back improvements to meld U.S. interceptor systems
  • Trump-Kim summit followed by Secretary Mattis visiting region
The Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, in South Korea in Nov. 2017.
The Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, in South Korea in Nov. 2017.Photographer: Kim Jun-beom/Yonhap via AP Photo

Upcoming U.S.-South Korean “war games” may be on hold, but the Pentagon is moving forward with plans to upgrade missile defense systems designed to counter a strike by North Korea against Seoul or other regional allies, according to the director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

“We absolutely hope that diplomacy is successful,” Air Force Lieutenant General Sam Greaves said in an interview Tuesday in Washington, “but at the same time we must remain vigilant to provide the capability that’s needed.”