Philip Harris ConflictDaily.com 13 March 2017
Not only is the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti missile system being deployed to South Korea, but unmanned aerial drones are being sent in as well. The Grey Eagle unmanned system is an updated form of the predator drones. Each drone can carry four hell fire missiles and stay in the air for much longer than manned air craft can.
Defense officials have not said when the deployment will occur but more than likely it will be very soon. These drones are used mainly for striking targets without risking a human pilots life, but more often, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are used for reconnaissance because of their long flight times. The severity of the situation coming from North Korea has caused Washington to up their deterrence in the region even further with this new deployment.
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley stated that Washington is currently evaluation its North Korea strategy and that “all options are on the table”. All of these new weapons, bombers, training events and missile systems coming into South Korea, the U.S. has reinforced its ally with a lot of military might. It would be in the North’s interest to calm down and actually speak to the other side about working together. Or not even together but at least not against each other.
North Korea has since President Trump took office tested and provocatively launched missiles towards Japan in what the North calls successful tests of ballistic missiles. Good neighbors don’t shoot missiles at other neighbors. It really is that simple. Nobody is shooting missiles into or at North Korea now, but for how long are other countries going to simply stand there and watch the North Korean regimes lob missiles at their peaceful countries.