Chicom's threaten US and South Korea over defensive missiles meant to stop a Nork nuke attack
Channel News Asia:
The United States and South Korea are destined to "pay the price" for their decision to deploy an advanced missile defence system which will inevitably prompt a "counter attack", China's top newspaper said on Saturday.Ther is a much simpler solution to Chinese concerns. Cut off North Korea until they turn over their nuclear program to the US for disposal. Then there would be no need for the THAAD system. It is a mystery why they tolerate the kooks on their border in the first place. Their suggestion that the US and South Korea not defend themselves from a Nork nuke attack is nonsensical on its face. It is their failure to do something about that threat that resulted in the THAAD program.
Tension on the Korean peninsula has been high this year, beginning with North Korea's fourth nuclear test in January, which was followed by a satellite launch, a string of tests of various missiles, and its fifth and largest nuclear test last month.
In July, South Korea agreed with the United States to deploy the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system to protect against any North Korean threats.
South Korea aims to deploy the system on a golf course, a defence ministry official said on Friday.
But the plan has angered China, which worries that THAAD's powerful radar would compromise its security and do nothing to lower temperatures on the Korean peninsula.
In a commentary, the ruling Communist Party's official People's Daily said China's opposition to THAAD would never change as it was a serious threat to the regional strategic security balance.
"Like any other country, China can neither be vague nor indifferent on security matters that affect its core interests," the newspaper said in the commentary, published under the pen name "Zhong Sheng", meaning "Voice of China", often used to give views on foreign policy.
The United States and South Korea have to wake up to the fact that the Korean peninsula is no place to take risks, it added.