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  • The Pentagon Is Reportedly Scouting The West Coast For Sites For Missile-Defense Systems

    12/03/2017 5:37:46 PM PST · by blam · 79 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12-3-2017 | Reuters
    SIMI VALLEY, Calif (Reuters) - The U.S. agency tasked with protecting the country from missile attacks is scouting the West Coast for places to deploy new anti-missile defenses, two Congressmen said on Saturday, as North Korea's missile tests raise concerns about how the United States would defend itself from an attack. West Coast defenses would likely include Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missiles, similar to those deployed in South Korea to protect against a potential North Korean attack. The accelerated pace of North Korea's ballistic missile testing program in 2017 and the likelihood the North Korean military could...
  • FoxNews: What would happen if North Korea fires a missile at the US

    09/08/2017 8:21:08 PM PDT · by topher · 72 replies ^ | 8-Sept-2017 | By Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin
    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said recently it would be "game on" if North Korea were to fire a missile at the United States or its allies, but how fast things would happen is not so clear. A leading expert in missile defense told Fox News there would not be much time to decide to shoot down a North Korean missile. “This is a game of minutes, but the initial detection of a launch would be really in terms of seconds,” said Thomas Karako, senior fellow and director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies....
  • US successfully conducts THAAD missile defense system test in Alaska

    08/02/2017 9:02:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    112 International ^ | 08/01/2017
    The United States conducted test of THAAD anti-ballistic missile defense unit in Alaska, the NBC television channel said on Sunday referring to military officials, Interfax reports. "The anti-missile defense agency and the 11th anti-aircraft artillery brigade from Fort Bliss (Texas) conducted a successful missile test using the THAAD system," the MDA said in a statement. It is noted that the launch of a ballistic missile was made by one of the US Air Force aircrafts, it was intercepted by the ABM system. At the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the test was called "successful." As reported, South Korea is deploying 4...
  • THAAD Successfully Intercepts Target in Missile Defense Test (w/ cool launch video from C-17)

    07/26/2017 5:53:08 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 15 replies
    US Missile Defense Agency ^ | 7/11/2017 | Chris Johnson
    The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Ballistic Missile Defense System Operational Test Agency, and U.S. Army soldiers of the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from Fort Bliss, Texas, conducted an intercept test today of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) element of the nation’s ballistic missile defense system. The test, designated Flight Test THAAD (FTT)-18, was executed by MDA, supported by elements of the U.S. Army, Joint Forces Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska (PSCA), Ballistic Missile Defense Operational Test Agency, DoD Operational Test and Evaluation, and the...
  • US successfully tests THAAD missile system amid North Korean tensions

    07/11/2017 7:49:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/11/2017
    The U.S. on Tuesday test-fired its THAAD anti-ballistic missile system from Alaska that successfully intercepted a target missile launched from an Air Force Cargo plane north of Hawaii. The drill was previously scheduled in June and comes a week after North Korea successfully test-launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile capable of hitting Alaska. THAAD is used to intercept short- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. It does not target intercontinental ballistic missiles. The U.S. has a perfect record on launches, hitting 14 out of 14 targets. "I couldn't be more proud of the government and contractor team who executed this flight test today,"...
  • Trump expresses fury over S. Korea's decision to delay THAAD

    06/18/2017 6:56:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 48 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 2017-06-19
    Trump expresses fury over S. Korea's decision to delay THAAD US President Donald Trump expressed fury over South Korea's decision to delay the full deployment of the US THAAD missile defense system pending an environmental assessment, a senior official said Sunday. Trump showed the reaction when he discussed the matter with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the White House on June 8, the official told Yonhap News Agency on condition of anonymity. The revelations, if true, raise concern that the issue could affect the first summit meetings between President Moon Jae-in and Trump set...
  • S. Korea's new leader orders probe of US missile launchers

    05/30/2017 6:30:30 PM PDT · by blueplum · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | 30 May 2017 6:37am ET | Hyung-jin Kim, AP
    Calling it a "very shocking" incident, South Korea's new president on Tuesday demanded an investigation into why his office wasn't told by defense officials about the arrival of several additional launchers for a contentious U.S. missile defense system meant to cope with North Korea's nuclear threat. Before taking office on May 10, Moon Jae-in vowed to review the deployment of a system that has infuriated both North Korea and China, which consider its powerful radar a security threat. Many of Moon's supporters don't want the system, which U.S. President Donald Trump suggested Seoul should pay for. On Tuesday, senior presidential...
  • Exclusive: Saudi Arabia, U.S. in talks on billions in arms sales - U.S. sources

    05/05/2017 9:50:55 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri May 5, 2017 | Mike Stone
    Washington is working to push through contracts for tens of billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, some new, others in the pipeline, ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump's trip to the kingdom this month, people familiar with the talks told Reuters this week. Saudi Arabia is Trump's first stop on his maiden international trip, a sign of his intent to reinforce ties with a top regional ally. The United States has been the main supplier for most Saudi military needs, from F-15 fighter jets to command and control systems worth tens of billions of dollars in recent...
  • China Demands “Immediate Halt” Of US Missile Shield Deployment In South Korea

    05/02/2017 10:29:11 AM PDT · by blam · 25 replies
    Newz Sentinel ^ | 5-2-2017-
    Original newz story - Click here As we pointed out earlier today, Reuters cited US military officials who said that the U.S. military’s THAAD anti-missile defense system has “reached initial intercept capability” in South Korea, although they added that it would not be fully operational for some months. Just hours after the announcement, Beijing lashed out at DC and demanded an “immediate halt” to the controversial US missile shield. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang voiced the government’s position against the move during a briefing on Tuesday. “We oppose the deployment of the US missile system to South Korea and...
  • China demands halt to US missile shield in South Korea

    05/02/2017 7:25:59 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 34 replies ^ | 5/2/17 | afp
    China demanded on Tuesday an immediate halt to a controversial US missile shield hours after Washington announced that the defence system was now operational in South Korea. Washington and Seoul agreed to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery deployment in July in the wake of a string of North Korean missile tests. But its deployment has infuriated China, which fears it will weaken its own ballistic missile capabilities and says it upsets the regional security balance.
  • THAAD Missile Defense System Initially Capable In South Korea: Sources

    05/01/2017 1:53:15 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies
    One America News Network ^ | 5-1-2017 | Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali
    A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor (R) is seen in Seongju, South Korea. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military’s THAAD missile defense system in South Korea has reached an initial operating capability to defend against North Korean missiles, U.S. officials said on Monday, forging ahead with the system despite staunch objections from China. Beijing has opposed activation of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), arguing the system’s radar could be used to spy into its territory, despite assurances from Washington that THAAD is purely defensive. The United States is looking for China to use its influence with...
  • US, South Korea quick to hug, make up after THAAD ruckus

    04/27/2017 8:49:21 PM PDT · by Rabin · 7 replies
    Asia Times ^ | APRIL 27, 2017 | PETER LANGAN
    When the US went ahead and started setting up an anti-missile defense system in South Korea on Wednesday, it brought out bottle-throwing protesters, riot police... //snip// Today, South Korean and US national security advisers agreed that the deployment was moving ahead smoothly, South Korea’s presidential office said.
  • THAAD Will Not Protect South Korea (Comment 2 of 9)

    04/05/2017 9:34:30 PM PDT · by Rabin · 5 replies
    koreaexpose ^ | MARCH 30, 2017 AT 8:43 AM | Jon Paul
    THAAD makes the use of NK weapons less certain of success, therefore, it acts as a deterrent. Whose interest does it serve to remove THAAD? China and North Korea. So when you argue to remove a deterrent, keep in mind that you are arguing in favour of those needing to be deterred. Do any South Koreans want to be ruled by the system used in the North? This seems doubtful. So the logic compels us to ask why some South Koreans would want to argue in favour of North Korea’s having weapons against which the South has no credible deterrent...
  • Chinese cruise passengers put patriotism above tourism by skipping South Korean port visit

    03/14/2017 6:36:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    The Star ^ | 14 March 2017
    Chinese cruise passengers put patriotism above tourism by skipping South Korean port visit SHANGHAI (Reuters) - When the Costa Serena cruise ship steamed into the South Korean tourist island of Jeju, Bai Liyun stayed on board, where crew had organised a magic show, games and even a wine-tasting. She was not alone. Most of her Chinese shipmates, estimated by passengers to number more than 3,000, followed suit, in a show of solidarity with their government's vociferous opposition to South Korea's decision to deploy a controversial missile defence system. "We spent the whole day on the cruise ship. I felt very...
  • China pivots on North Korea as U.S. missile defense system arrives in South

    03/09/2017 7:24:05 AM PST · by mandaladon · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9 Mar 2017 | Guy Taylor
    A sophisticated missile defense system being delivered to South Korea may give President Trump a bargaining chip that no other U.S. president has had to pressure China to rein in North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs. Beijing has long expressed anger over the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) shield, and on Wednesday, just two days after the Trump administration announced the start of the system’s deployment, Chinese officials suddenly signaled that they may be ready to increase pressure on Pyongyang. In an unusual and public proposal that analysts say exposed Beijing’s growing alarm over the situation on the Korean...
  • THAAD Arrives on the Korean Peninsula

    03/07/2017 10:21:38 AM PST · by Freeport · 9 replies ^ | March 06, 2017 | U.S. Forces Korea
    YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea --- U.S. Forces Korea continued its progress in fulfilling the Republic of Korea (ROK) – U.S. Alliance decision to install a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) on the Korean Peninsula as the first elements of the THAAD system arrived in the ROK. North Korea’s repeated nuclear and ballistic missile tests have underscored the importance of the Alliance decision to deploy THAAD. Work continues to operationalize THAAD as quickly as possible. “The timely deployment of the THAAD system by U.S. Pacific Command and the Secretary of Defense gives my command great confidence in the support...
  • China bans trip sales to Korea (Tourism Embargo)

    03/02/2017 6:44:03 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/03/02
    China bans trip sales to Korea 2017/03/02 23:08 SHANGHAI/SEOUL, March 2 (Yonhap) -- China has instructed travel agencies in the country to stop selling trips to South Korea, sources said Thursday, in what is seen as another retaliatory move against Seoul's decision to deploy an advanced U.S. anti-missile defense system. According to industry sources in China, the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) called travel agencies in Beijing for a meeting on Thursday and gave them verbal instructions to suspend sales of all travel packages, both online and offline, to South Korea. It means that any package tours or free trips...
  • Korea’s Conservatives Fight Back [S. Korea]

    02/13/2017 10:34:31 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | Feb. 13, 2017 | DONALD KIRK
    Korea’s Conservatives Fight Back South Korea’s democracy gets a strong defense against those who would impeach the president and imperil U.S.-Korea relations. By DONALD KIRK Feb. 13, 2017 12:31 p.m. ET As South Korea’s constitutional court weighs whether to ratify the impeachment of Park Geun-hye, her allies are starting to fight back. The conservative leader’s approval rating may have dropped to 4% in November, yet right-wingers are belatedly organizing to defend her against accusations of corruption and, more plausibly, to block the left from walking to victory in the next presidential election. A prime issue is the future of U.S.-South...
  • (2nd LD) U.S. defense chief in Seoul for talks over North Korea

    02/02/2017 5:55:46 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/02/02
    (2nd LD) U.S. defense chief in Seoul for talks over North Korea (ATTN: ADDS Mattis' meetings in 4th para, USFK Commander Gen. Vincent Brooks comment in last 2 paras) SEOUL, Feb. 2 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday began his two-day visit to South Korea in his first overseas trip aimed at underscoring the U.S. security commitment to the Asian ally amid growing threats from North Korea. After landing at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul, at 12:30 p.m., Mattis headed to the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) headquarters in Yongsan, Seoul, according to...
  • S. Korea to remain firm against China's non-tariff barriers

    01/17/2017 7:22:07 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/01/17
    S. Korea to remain firm against China's non-tariff barriers 2017/01/17 SEJONG, Jan. 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korea said Tuesday that it will take a firm stance against China's recent hostile movements against its businesses in apparent retaliation for welcoming a U.S.-owned missile system. "We will continue to object to the Chinese measures," Vice Trade Minister Woo Tae-hee said at a task force meeting to discuss pending trade issues between South Korea and China. His comments came as Beijing is heightening non-tariff barriers against South Korea as the Seoul government decided to deploy the U.S.-led missile system called Terminal High Altitude...