The United States will speed up deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system to South Korea given the pace of North Korea’s missile tests, and it will be stationed there “as soon as possible,” the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia said on Tuesday. Daniel Russel, assistant secretary of state for East Asia, also told a congressional hearing the United States was

in discussions with international partners, including the European Union, to deny North Korea access to international banking infrastructure after its recent nuclear and missile tests. Russel told the House subcommittee for Asia the timing of the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system was a Pentagon matter. READ MORE