It was recently reported that the US and South Korea to a new missile defense system is pushing the Korean peninsula to the “brink of a nuclear war,” North Korea warned earlier today. Pyongyang said the missile system, also opposed by China, was part of a joint plot between Seoul and Washington to mount a “preemptive attack on the North”, according to a statement on the official KCNA news agency attributed to the National Peace Committee of Korea. The statement coincided with a a visit by new US Defense Secretary James Mattis to Seoul, where he pledged to deploy THAAD — the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system — to protect US and South Korean troops. Mattis promised an “overwhelming” response to any attack mounted by North Korea. “North Korea continues to launch missiles, develop its nuclear weapons program and engage in threatening rhetoric and behavior,” Mattis said at a press conference in Seoul on Friday. Speaking alongside South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo, he added: “Any attack on the United States or on our allies will be defeated and any use of nuclear weapons will be met with a response that will be effective and overwhelming.”
China again called for the missile defense system to be halted. In his regular press conference on Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Beijing “firmly opposed” the new system. “This has not changed and will not change. Our position is very clear-cut and straight forward,” he said. “We believe that the action by the US and the Republic of Korea will undermine the strategic and security interests of regional countries including China.” Later on Friday, Mattis traveled to Japan, which also feels threatened by North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. It’s just astonishing that the United States always tends to be involved within other nations, but we seem to never come to much of an agreement and I feel that eventually we will reach towards war.