China ‘will use hard-kill weapons to Destroy THAAD missiles in war with US’

0
5413

 

The Daily Star

Beijing has issued a chilling warning to Donald Trump demanding the “immediate” withdrawal of THAAD from South Korea. US defence chiefs confirmed THAAD was “operational” on Monday as tensions with North Korea threaten to spiral out of control.
China has repeatedly condemned the deployment of the missile system over fears it could hit its territory. Last week defence ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said THAAD would threaten stability in the region. n response, Yujun said China would hold live-fire drills and test new weapons to safeguard its security.
He said: “The Chinese military will continue to conduct practical ­targeted live-fire drills, as well as test new weapons and equipment, to defend national security and regional peace and stability.”Yesterday, a second foreign ministry spokesperson, Geng Shuang, said China will “firmly take necessary measures to uphold our interests”.
THAAD is capable of shooting down short, medium, and intermediate range ballistic missiles from the sky. But Beijing defence analyst Li Jie said that China could take measures to destroy the THAAD system.

Li said: “China can use its traditional Dongfeng series short and medium-range missiles as hard-kill weapons in case there is a war. “For soft-kill, it means it’s possible that Beijing may try using electromagnetic pulse warheads as well as electronic interference technologies to disrupt the radar system of THAAD.”

Both Moscow and Beijing are united in their condemnation of the THAAD system.Li added: “The message sent by China and Russia is very clear, they are joining together to deal with the THAAD deployment.” China has been ramping up its defences over fears Japan and Taiwan may entertain the idea of hosting US THAAD systems.
Military bosses from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) are said to be aiming 2,000 missiles at Taiwan as part of an escalating military threat to the island.