'Nukes in Discussion' as Tensions on Korean Peninsula 'Reach a New Level'
Earlier this week, United States Forces Korea Col. Rob Manning said that the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea is currently operational and ready to defend Seoul if Pyongyang launches an attack
8 May, 2017
"US Forces Korea confirms the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system is operational and has the ability to intercept North Korean missiles and defend the Republic of the Korea," Manning told Sputnik on Monday.
According to Russian political analyst Sergei Zhuravskiy, the US is playing the leading role in the THAAD deployment to South Korea and the entire situation in the region is developing in accordance with a scenario prepared decades ago.
The situation near the Korean Peninsula has escalated recently, following several missile and nuclear tests carried out by Pyongyang. The international community, including regional countries, has repeatedly condemned North Korea's military activities. Washington and Pyongyang have traded increasingly strident military threats with each other recently, resulting in calls from US regional allies and China asking for both sides to calm down