SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korean and US officials will begin talks as early as next week on the deployment of an advanced missile defence system to the US military in the South, a South Korean defence ministry official said on Friday (Feb 12).
The South earlier this week announced it would initiate discussions on a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) unit after a long-range rocket launch by North Korea, which Seoul and Washington said violated United Nations Security Council resolutions.
The United States, Japan and South Korea said Sunday's (Feb 7) launch was a ballistic missile test, and like last month's nuclear test, a violation of UN resolutions. They are seeking tougher sanctions against the North.
Isolated North Korea regularly dismisses the South as a puppet of the US and just as regularly accuses both of acts of war against it.