The confirmation came after a senior US Defence Department official said that talks about bringing a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) missile battery into South Korea were at a final stage, and the deployment would be officially announced as early as October.

Despite the denial, speculations escalated that the THAAD system would be introduced in the peninsula.US Forces Korea Commander Curtis Scaparrotti in June said that he had called for Washington to bring the THAAD into the peninsula

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