Known for its frightful human rights abuses, North Korea is led by Kim Jong Un, who is known for executing troublemakers – including his own family members – who wield power in the repressive government.
North Korea claimed that the most recent drill was only aimed at striking “the bases of the United States imperialist aggressor forces in Japan”.
Moon has said he strongly supports the U.S.
Flights and cruise ship visits for Chinese tourists to South Korea have also been halted, in unofficial moves that China’s central Government won’t publicly admit are directly linked to THAAD.
However, should US forces withdraw from the South, Seoul might build her own nuclear arsenal, followed by Japan.
The first elements of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile system, known as THAAD, arrived in South Korea last week, one day after North Korea launched at least four ballistic missiles in rapid succession, sending the rockets over the Sea of Japan, within 350 kilometers of Japanese territory.
“Because the damage is not just against a certain company but South Korea as a whole, the South Korean government needs to approach this issue diplomatically”, he added. Given such reality, anyone with common sense would think it’s within South Koreans’ rights of self-defense that they install the advanced US missile-defense system, known as THAAD, as soon as possible. Thus, America rushed the anti-missile systems to ward off any intentional attack or a misguided projectile from hitting South Korea.
The US has declared it will permanently station missile-capable drones in South Korea in the latest round of military escalation in north-eastern Asia.
“In addition to Thaad these [drones] are defensive measures that are a response to what we – and by “we” I mean South Korea, the United States and Japan – view as a real and credible threat to our security”, said Mark Toner, the state department spokesman.
The Thaad deployment also poses a dilemma for China: Should it stand by its ally at the cost of its own deterrence vis-à-vis the USA or should it ensure its own deterrence even as it jettisons its ally?
As a result, China resorted to decisive actions. -South Korea alliance that has existed since 1953, but he also has called for a review of the THAAD deployment.
A Constitutional Court on Friday dismissed Park from office after upholding her impeachment over a corruption scandal involving “chaebol”, the family-run conglomerates that dominate Asia’s fourth-biggest economy, and which could also face reform under a liberal leader.
Moon and his liberal partners are especially anxious about a new antimissile shield the Americans are installing in South Korea, citing China’s fury over it and warning of a standoff reminiscent of the Cuban missile crisis.
Thae said Tuesday the site is located on a road that connects Pyongyang to Hamgyong Province, and that “roads and railways that go up north pass by the nuclear test site”. This policy lasted from 1998 to 2008, and it saw the South actively trying to engage the North and establish points of economic and political contact, but all within the two red lines of not tolerating military threats from the North and not making any attempt at integration.
For Beijing, these are the minimum requirements for moving forward in terms of bilateral relations. But Pyongyang’s most important economic and political backer, China, apparently disagrees. Last year, 300,000 South Korean and 15,000 U.S. troops participated. All of these would be welcome in Seoul and Tokyo.
China’s Xiamen Airlines said it has seen passenger numbers fall by up to a fifth on flights to South Korea since a recent flare up in diplomatic tensions between the two countries.
His request is certain to fall on deaf ears, as Beijing seems determined to use all possible means short of outright violation of worldwide trade rules to punish Seoul for deploying the anti-missile system, which it views as undermining its security interests.