PACOM deploys THAAD to Korean Peninsula

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii — The U.S. Pacific Command deployed the first elements of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, known as THAAD, to South Korea, implementing the U.S.–South Korean alliance’s July decision to bring the defensive capability to the Korean Peninsula, according to a March 7 release.

  The THAAD deployment contributes to a layered missile defense system and enhances the alliance’s defense against North Korean missile threats. North Korea’s accelerating program of nuclear weapons tests and ballistic missile launches constitute a threat to international peace and security and violate multiple United . . .

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