Seoul’s defense chief confirms THAAD radar detected N. Korea’s missile launch

Seoul’s defense chief confirms THAAD radar detected N. Korea’s missile launch


The South Korean government has provided the
nation with more information about North Korea’s recent missile launch. The country’s defense chief also said the
THAAD system set up in the country gave them instant information on the launch. Kim Hyo-sun tells us more. South Korea’s defense minister has revealed
that the country’s THAAD radar system successfully detected North Korea’s latest missile launch. Speaking at a meeting of the National Assembly’s
defense committee on Tuesday,… Han Min-koo stressed the importance of the U.S. missile
defense system. “We confirmed with the U.S. military that
the THAAD radar deployed in Seongju County detected Sunday’s missile launch.” Minister Han also confirmed that the missile
was an intermediate-range ballistic missile, or IRBM,… with a maximum strike range of
five-thousand kilometers. He stated that it was not an ICBM, which has
a range of more than five-and-a-half-thousand kilometers. He explained that the defense ministry shared
military intelligence with the United States, as well as Japan, before reaching its conclusion. “We can say this was a successful launch if
North Korea aimed for an IRBM.” The minister added that Seoul could carry
out an preemptive strike on North Korea if there were clear signs the North was ready
to attack the country. Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.

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