Describing North Korea, along with Iran, as the “chief threats” to the U.S., Winnefeld underscored the need to deploy a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery in South Korea. He said Washington was in talks with Seoul over the new deployment.
The THAAD is designed to shoot down short-, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles during their terminal stage. Seoul has remained reluctant over the deployment of the THAAD system as it could be perceived as participation by Seoul’s in the U.S.-led missile defense program, which would unnerve China and Russia.
During the forum, the vice chairman stressed that a robust missile defense should remain America’s top missile defense priority.