Calls for S.Korea, U.S. to Integrate Missile Defense

May 16, 2019

The Chosunilbo – U.S. experts are calling for the missile defense systems of South Korea and the U.S. to be integrated in response to the missiles North Korea has tested recently, according to VOA on Tuesday.

David Maxwell at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies told VOA, “This is why we need an integrated system that is multi-layer, because no one defense system defends against all missiles. All the capabilities have to be integrated and brought to bear to defeat the missile threat.”

But South Korea has already promised China in talks about the stationing of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery from the U.S. here that it will not join the U.S. anti-missile shield.

“We could have integrated into the U.S. missile defense system years ago and they have not,” said Prof. Bruce Bechtol of Angelo State University, formerly of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency. “Kill Chain is not what it should be. What the South Koreans need to do is integrate into the U.S. system, and they need to do it tomorrow.”

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