THAAD deployment not related to S. Korea's political situation

North Korea's push to expand its missile arsenal has only made the situation worse, analysts have said. Atop each of them, a Hwasong-7 ballistic missile aimed towards Japan. But from the eyes of an observer at the launch site, a North Korean nuclear missile strike would not have looked much different.

North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador, Kim In Ryong, told a news conference that "from A to Z, this case is the product of reckless moves of the United States and South Korean authorities", who he said are trying to tarnish the North's image and bringing down its social system.

"THAAD works best when it is operated in conjunction with existing Patriot and Aegis missiles and an integrated command and control system", Schilling said.

Moon on Sunday stressed the need to "embrace and be united with" the North Korean people, while adding that he could never accept its "dictatorial regime", or its trampling of rights.

North Korea is believed to regularly deploy more than 600 long-range artillery along the DMZ, such as 240 mm and 300mm multiple rocket launchers and 170 mm self-propelled guns, which can reach cities and bases in the northern part of South Korea, including the capital city of Seoul.

Alternative options such as information operations aiming to destabilize the North Korean regime could be more attractive, as would be additional diplomatic pressure by China.

The group started business in China in 2008.

In an underground shopping market popular with tourists in central Seoul, few Chinese visitors were visible, and locals agreed that numbers had fallen, even if they were split over the actual effectiveness of the alleged ban.

Because of safety reasons, some stores have been shut down. China will surely be egging on Mr Moon's impending victory to try and politically defeat Thaad. "We can certainly expect more vulgarity and bluster to come, followed by more nuclear and missile tests and laying the blame on the U.S. for the drone deployment", Lee said.

Even drastic actions were suggested by the Chinese media to tackle the THAAD issue.

The Thaad deployment has also caused perturbation in Beijing.

"It's entirely unclear where we're going yet, but the Israelis are looking to rebuild ties - and I'd think they would be very willing to demonstrate their value to the Pentagon", said Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. It is being driven by the deepening crisis of global capitalism and the insoluble contradiction between world economy and the division of the globe into rival nation states.

It said the drone system will add "significant intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability" to USA forces in Korea and their South Korean allies.

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The MoU guarantees $5 billion in USA aid for Israel's missile defense over the next decade.

The State Department says it will accommodate USA -based reporters traveling to Asia commercially by providing them access to Tillerson's public events at each stop.

It is the 5th largest export destination of China taking over US$ 101. While the formal President certainly supported it, less than 4 percent of the population stands behind her, according to recent polls.

Seoul would no longer tolerate the loss of this huge trade with China.

China is adamantly against the THAAD deployment on the Korean Peninsula.

Stable trading relations are in the interests of both China and South Korea and the THAAD spate should be settled outside of the strategic overtures.

At the same hearing, Mattis was asked what the new administration could do to improve its strategy on the Korean Peninsula.

It is a ritual nearly as old as the Korean War itself. As witnessed during the Cold War, countries which develop missiles or anti-missile systems argue that their intention is purely defensive, but countries which fall within their striking range raise the alarm at the offensive impact of the former's manoeuvres.

"Of course it's related [to North Korea]".

This deployment is controversial, having already been condemned by both Russian Federation and China, and it may be put on hold or contested, as the leading candidates to replace impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye are split on the issue.

It is too early to say what the immediate consequences of Park Geun-Hye's removal from office will be, but the Damocles sword that awaits her successor is clear enough.

The election campaign - a vote must be held within 60 days - will spur fresh debate on how to stop Kim from acquiring more powerful nuclear weapons and missiles.


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