US defense chief warns re North Korea

Ashton Carter arrives in South Korea for high-level talks expected to focus on North Korean threat.

US defense chief warns re North Korea

World Bulletin / News Desk 

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter arrived in South Korea on Thursday, ready for talks that could influence the allies’ policy on North Korea.

Pyongyang appears to have provided added impetus to Carter’s three-day stay, with Seoul’s defense ministry revealing earlier in the day that North Korea had fired a pair of surface-to-air missiles into open water Tuesday.

According to local broadcaster Arirang News, Carter justified Washington’s vigilance upon hearing of the North’s latest in a series of rocket and missile launches -- pointing to how dangerous the situation is on the Korean Peninsula.

Nearly 30,000 U.S. military personnel are stationed in South Korea - a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.

Speculation continues to grow over whether a contentious American missile defense system, THAAD (Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense), will be deployed in the South.

China, Russia and opposition lawmakers in Seoul have all expressed concerns about enhancing Washington’s capabilities on the Korean Peninsula.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Nisan 2015, 16:37
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