South Korea missile defense online in ‘coming days’

South Korea missile defense online in ‘coming days’
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The head of U.S. Pacific Command says an anti-missile system meant to protect South Korea from a North Korean attack will be online soon.

“[It’ll be] operational in the coming days to be able to better defend South Korea against the growing North Korea threat,” Navy Adm. Harry Harris told the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday, according to CNN.

Reports emerged Wednesday that U.S. military had begun moving parts of its THAAD missile defense system to a deployment site in South Korea.


Six trailers carrying parts of the system were reportedly taken to a site at a South Korean golf course.

The THAAD system is designed to shoot down short-, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

The Trump administration has vowed to stand firm against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his government’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

North Korea attempted but failed to launch a ballistic missile off its east coast last week, stoking fears of military conflict with its neighbors.

Senators traveled to a building next to the White House Wednesday for an unusual closed-door briefing on North Korea.

President Trump briefly appeared at the huddle, which was originally scheduled to occur at the Capitol.

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