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Pentagon Wants to Deploy Missile Defense System in South Korea

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The Pentagon seeks to expand its defense cooperation with allies in Asia by deploying a missile defense system in South Korea amid mounting threats from North Korea, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Julian Barnes writes the U.S. has sought out sites in South Korea to examine a potential base for the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery.

The THAAD missile system works to target and destroy ballistic missiles and U.S. plans to buy seven systems that cost nearly $950 million each, the report says.

Lockheed Martin builds the missile defense system and Raytheon develops the “x-band” radar for the system.

Pentagon officials are also looking into other defense systems such as a radar to detect warheads and decoys, as well as an early-warning system, the Journal reports.

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