South Korean deputy defence minister Yoo Jeh-seung with the commander of US forces Lt Gen Thomas Vandal.
US and South Korean military officials have said they are ready to deploy an advanced US missile defence system in South Korea to cope with North Korean threats.|
Worries about North Korea grew last month when, after a string of failures, it finally sent a new mid-range ballistic missile more than 870 miles (1,400km) high.
|Analysts say the high-altitude flight of the Musudan missile meant that North Korea had made progress in its push to be able to strike US forces throughout the region. The Musudan’s potential 3,500km range puts much of Asia and the Pacific within reach.|
|Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) is a United States Army anti-ballistic missile system designed to shoot down short, medium, and intermediate ballistic missiles in their terminal phase using a hit-to-kill approach.|