North Korea condemns U.S. plan to station THAAD in South Korea

By 정주원
  • Published : Sept 2, 2014 - 13:31
  • Updated : Sept 2, 2014 - 13:31

North Korea criticized the United States Tuesday for seeking to deploy an advanced missile defense system in South Korea.

Pyongyang accused the U.S. of exacerbating the security situation on the peninsula by pushing for the establishment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system here.

The U.S. is considering deploying a THAAD battery to one of its military bases in South Korea.

The Pentagon has already completed a related field survey, according to defense sources.

Pyongyang's state-controlled media claimed the move is part of Washington's military strategy aimed at destroying the "strategic balance" in the region and overpowering other countries.

"China, which views the U.S. THAAD system to be deployed in South Korea as targeting it, issued warnings several times," the North's main newspaper Rodong Sinmun said. "China has made preparations for dealing with it in case of an emergency situation."

The U.S. push for a missile defense system in the South has put not only the peninsula but also Northeast Asia in great danger, the paper claimed. (Yonhap)