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Japan Aims 1,000-Kilometer Radar System at Korean Peninsula and China

Japanese media reported on Tuesday that the Defense Ministry is purchasing Lockheed Martin’s advanced Solid State Radar upgrade for Japan’s Aegis Ashore missile defense system. The SSR has an effective range of 1,000 kilometers, making it even more sensitive than the fabled Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system installed in South Korea.

Photo provided by U.S. Forces Korea, a truck carrying parts of U.S. missile launchers and other equipment needed to set up the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system arrive at the Osan base, South Korea. The U.S. military has begun moving equipment for the controversial missile defense …

McMaster on U.S. Funding THAAD: ‘Until Any Renegotiation, the Deal Is in Place’

On Sunday, national security adviser General H.R. McMaster seemingly contradicted President Trump by saying the United States would pay for the deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system to South Korea. However, he qualified that statement by expressly stating he was not contradicting the president, and the deal with South Korea may yet be revised.

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China Sends Top Nuclear Envoy to Seoul for North Korea Talks

China sent its top nuclear envoy, Wu Dawei, special representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs, to South Korea on Monday to discuss reaction to an increasingly belligerent North Korea, days after President Xi Jinping arrived from an in-person summit with President Donald Trump in Florida.