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Beijing Bares Teeth, Threatens South Korea Over THAAD Redeployment

Beijing has made no secret of its displeasure with South Korea’s deployment of the American-made Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system - and now that the deployment has resumed, China may seek to retaliate against Seoul.
When liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office in May, Chinese leadership likely breathed a sigh of relief, as he announced a forestalling of the THAAD deployment for up to 15 months while the South Korean government undertook an environmental impact analysis of the system. Two of the six platforms had already been rolled out and Moon lacked the authority to suspend or dismantle them — but he could stall for time on the rest.

But after North Korea tested what many are calling an intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday, July 28, Moon changed his mind and gave the US the go-ahead to continue the THAAD roll-out by installing the four other platforms. Beijing responded by summoning South Korean Ambassador to China Kim Jang-Soo to protest Seoul's decision.

But if Korea has been deterred by the Chinese protests, they aren't showing it: THAAD is being rolled out with all due haste. "We are certainly ready to bring additional pieces in as quickly as we can," Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters on Monday. He reminded reporters that the THAAD is "strictly a defensive weapon system," with the purpose of "intercepting ballistic missiles inside or outside the atmosphere during their final, or terminal, phase of flight."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I see an escalation here, which could potentially wind up as a horrific war between China and North Korea, pitted against South Korea, Japan, and the US.

The US, in its lead-footed attempts to contain North Korea's evolving missile and nuclear programs, has proven utterly intransigent. Just two days ago, Secretary of State Tillerson made the following statement:

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the US is willing to sit down for talks with North Korea, but only if it relinquishes its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Kim Jung Un is many things; but crazy is not one of them. He has learned the lesson of Libya, which did not have a nuclear deterrent, and wound up having its head of state, Moammar Qaddafi, brutally executed, and the country plunged into deep civil war, a state in which it still exists today.

He realises, quite logically, that the only way to prevent regime change in North Korea is to have a credible nuclear deterrent, which is why he is rushing headlong into both missile and nuclear weapons development.

The only way this outcome can be averted, is if the US government, China, Japan, North and South Korea sit down, NOW, and hammer out a true peace treaty, with which to replace the existing armistice, offering North Korea free and unrestricted, unsanctioned trade, with the quid pro quo of North Korea's ending their nuclear weapons program.

Of course, that... would be logical.