February 21, 2024

U.S. and S.Korea agree to deploy THAAD on Korean peninsula

Development likely to worsen Washington's relations with Pyongyang and Beijing

The United States and South Korea agreed to deploy a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery to be operated by U.S. Forces Korea (USKF), it was announced on Friday.

The decision, which drew immediate criticism from China, was described as coming in response to North Korea's increasing threat, characterized by its recent "nuclear test and multiple ballistic missile tests.