PANMUNJPM, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 27:  A North Korean soldiers looks on as South Korean and United Nation officials visit after attending a ceremony to commemorate the 62nd Anniversary of the Korean War armistice agreement at Panmunjom on July 27, 2015, South Korea. On June 25, 1950, soldiers of the North Korean army breached the 38th parallel invading the Republic of South Korea, marking the beginning of the Korean War. On July 27 1953, a signed armistice agreement brought the three-year conflict to an end. (Photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun-Pool/Getty Images)

Washington Waffles on Korean Missile Defense, Delighting China and Russia

The Obama administration is having a hard time deciding whether or not to propose to Seoul to deploy the US THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Air Defense) long-range missile defense system in South Korea. The North Korean ballistic missile threat is obvious, so is the regional threat from Russia and China. Deploying a robust US anti-missile system would protect both US forces on the peninsula and at the same time provide some measure of security to South Korea’s own forces and to it’s civilian population. This would upset the Chinese, the North Koreans and most of all the Russians, who are allergic to any attempts by the US to defend itself or its allies against missile attack.

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