South Korea’s Air and Hankyoreh reports. The incorporation of South Korea’s system into the one led by the US stands to trigger objections from China, which sees itself a target.( ) system is becoming a key issue in discussions on the transfer of wartime operational command ( ) from the US. Seoul’s
The two countries discussed preparing a response to North Korea’s increased nuclear and missile capabilities on Oct. 2, 2013. “The South Korean and USsystems don’t have to be identical as long as they are interoperable.” US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said. His remarks suggested that South Korea is not obliged to take part in the US system, but that the two countries’ systems should allow for linkages and interoperation.
The, which is now in the planning stages, would be in place and capable of intercepting North Korean missiles by 2022 at the latest. Officials in Seoul expressed reservation from the thrust to integrate the two systems, leaving the door open for ‘exchange information on North Korean missile launches.’, particularly concerning low-altitude defense, which is the most prevalent task in the Korean Peninsula.
Both South and North Korea have maximum firing ranges of just 1,000 km. The USsystem, in contrast, would be designed mainly to intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles.