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South Korea is leaning toward introducing an advanced U.S. missile defense system to guard itself against threats from North Korea following Pyongyang's recent nuclear test , a bulwark strongly opposed by China.
Current and former American officials who have recently spoken with top South Korean policy makers say the country hasn't decided yet whether to adopt the system that the U.S. has offered but that informal talks between Washington and Seoul had increased recently. One American official said there was a strong chance the U.S. could announce that the two countries are in negotiations over the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or Thaad, in the next week or so.
A former U.S. official who recently met with senior South Korean officials said a consensus appeared to be forming in Seoul. "Behind the scenes it looks like Thaad is close to a done deal," this person said.
Published on Oct 29, 2015
A senior official from U.S. defense firm Lockheed Martin claims discussions of an official and unofficial nature are ongoing between South Korea and the United States about the possible deployment of a U.S. anti－ballistic missile system to the Korean Peninsula.
Mike Trotsky， vice president of air and missile defense at Lockheed Martin， told reporters in Washington on Thursday， local time， that the two allies are in the early stages of talks about Terminal High Altitude Area Defense... or as it is otherwise known THAAD.
The Pentagon has yet to respond to the remarks.
The US has repeatedly asked China to take a stronger stance on the North, which may defuse this issue but so far China does not seem to be interested in reigning in their neighbor.