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US missile shield spotlights divisions on handling N. Korea

The deck of the USS Ronald Reagan, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, is reflected in a pair of binoculars during a joint naval drill between South Korea and the USOfficial moves towards the deployment — fiercely opposed by China — of a US missile defence system in South Korea highlight the inherent dangers of disunity in dealing with North Korea’s growing military threat, analysts say. Hours after North Korea’s long-range rocket launch on Sunday, South Korean and US military officials announced they would begin formal discussions on placing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence System (THAAD) on the North’s doorstep. The rationale was a clear necessity to upgrade the defence posture of the South Korea-US military alliance “against North Korea’s advancing threats,” said Yoo Jeh-Seung, Seoul’s deputy defence minister for policy.

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