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US Defense Secretary: South Korea Missile Defense 'Going to Happen'


Speaking today at a seminar, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter insisted that China's objection to the planned Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system being installed in South Korea would have no impact on US intentions, saying the system is "going to happen."

Carter went on to say that the missile defense program "has nothing to do with the Chinese," and that China should instead focus on harming North Korea's ability to develop missiles. Carter began talking up the plan after North Korea's satellite launch in February.

China agreed recently to impose sanctions on North Korea over its January nuclear test, but insists that the THAAD threatens to undermine their own strategic deterrent in the region, because its range is far beyond the Korean Peninsula, and extends deep into Chinese territory.