U.S. Starts Deploying Controversial Missile Defense System In SK

The U.S. military on Wednesday started moving parts of a controversial missile defense system to a site in South Korea where it will be installed to help protect against threats from North Korea, as tensions rise over Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear weapons programs. Hundreds of local residents protested against the construction of the system, known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD). The move came after the U.S. moved a battleship strike group and a submarine to waters near the Korean peninsula as a show of force to counter increasing provocations by North Korea, and fears that the Hermit Kingdom might soon conduct its sixth nuclear weapon test. The Trump administration has been pushing China, a key North Korea ally, to increase pressure on Pyongyang to curb its weapons programs. The White House will host a rare classified briefing for the entire Senate later Wednesday.