Korean peninsula tensions raise stakes for regional security
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published: July 11, 2016
SEOUL, South Korea — Already-high tensions spiked on the Korean Peninsula as North Korea test-fired a missile from a submarine, a day after the U.S. announced plans to deploy an advanced missile defense system in the South.
The plan to have the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, known as THAAD, operational by the end of next year also raised the stakes for regional security.
China reacted angrily. Analysts said the decision was likely to push Beijing and Washington farther apart at a time when cooperation is needed to face the growing threat from the North, and China is aggressively pursuing claims on disputed islands and reefs to the south and east.
Kim Joon Hyung of South Korea’s Handong Global University said the deployment of THAAD was creating a new Cold War-style scenario.