What Compels South Korea to Build Up Its Defense Capabilities

MIN READMar 1, 2016 | 15:50 GMT

South Koreans outside of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul demonstrate against a proposed THAAD missile system.


The interests of South Korea have once again fallen victim to the interests of larger powers: the United States and China. Washington is currently circulating a draft of a U.N. Security Council resolution against North Korea for its recent nuclear and missile tests -- a resolution that stands a much better chance of being passed if it is supported by China. In return for China's cooperation, the United States will halt the potential deployment of a controversial air defense system to South Korea, according to several news agencies. Some of those news agencies suggest that Washington has even backtracked on its claim that Seoul urgently needed the defense system in the first place in an attempt to curry favor with Beijing so that stricter sanctions could be levied against North Korea....

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