South Korea announced on July 13 to deploy the U.S. missile defense system THAAD by the end of next year in its southern region.
According to the plan, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, will tackle the nuclear and missile threats from the neighboring DPRK.
Ironically, THAAD might not be able to intercept DPRK missiles targeting South Korea’s territory.
THAAD is designed to shoot down missiles at a relatively high altitude of 40 to 150 km, but the DPRK’s rockets fly at a lower altitude of about 20 km.
South Korea’s decision has met strong opposition from China, the DPRK and Russia.
The deployment plan has also instigated worry and anger among the South Korean public. THAAD will be deployed in Seongju County, some 300 km southeast of Seoul.
Thousands of Seongju residents protested against the THAAD deployment.
As local residents complained that the system poses serious health and environmental hazards, experts worry that the THAAD deployment would cause more problems than it solves.
“Pandora’s box is opened.” A South Korean expert said so.