‘THAAD’ anti-missile system can’t protect South Korea from missile attacks by itself

September 11, 2017


South Korea has gaps in its countermeasures against North Korean missiles — with or without America’s state-of-the-art defense system in place.

South Korea and the United States had to overcome political resistance from locals and diplomatic and economic pushback from China  in order to get the anti-missile system known as THAAD deployed in South Korea. But the system has important limitations.

The first is its range. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, which is currently positioned only in Seongju County of North Gyeongsang Province, is designed to intercept missiles within a range of 200 kilometers (124 miles). Southern parts of the country lie within that area, but the capital Seoul — by far the most densely populated area of the country — is not…

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