US Deploys Patriot Missiles to South Korea

The U.S. Army has temporarily deployed additional Patriot missile batteries in South Korea late Friday in response to North Korea’s nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch.

Talks are ahead next week to set up an even more sophisticated missile defense system. The extra Patriot missile battery deployment follows South Korea’s decision to shut down a shared factory park that had been the rival Koreas’ last major symbol of cooperation, but that Seoul said had been used by North Korea to fund its nuclear and missile programs.North Korea responded to the closure by deporting South Korean citizens, seizing South Korean assets and vowing to militarize the park.

The U.S. military command in South Korea said Saturday that an air defense battery from Ft. Bliss, Texas has been conducting ballistic missile training using the Patriot system at Osan Air Base near Seoul.


South Korea Military
Source: AP

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