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Summary: In the midst of North Korea’s arms build-up, South Korea has many options on the table to defend itself, one of which is the THAAD anti-ballistic missile defense system.
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In the midst of North Korea’s arms build-up, including its alarming development of nuclear charges small enough for missiles, South Korea has many options on the table to defend itself, one of which is the THAAD anti-ballistic missile defense system. Because of dangerous rhetoric and past patterns of the DPRK, South Korea’s way of dealing with this new threat has to be THAAD, which has proven itself in tests to be ideal for the task. Not only would this provide physical safety, but also economic denial action against North Korea for the foreseeable future.
However, detractors from THAAD claim it poses many environmental risks, most prominently via radiation and excess sound. Even more seriously, China has expressed fears that THAAD could be used by South Korea or the United States as missile warning against them, which potentially means its deployment seriously harms diplomatic relations. Some call into question THAAD’s basic workability. Lastly, people worry that the deployment of THAAD creates a dangerous precedent for an arms race in the region, potentially destabilizing it.
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Mitchell is a 5-year debate veteran spanning multiple debate formats with high proficiency in each. His high school proficiency was in Public Forum and Student Congress in the NSDA. Currently, Mitchell is a Grove City College Marketing Major and Mathematics/Analytics minor. Although his studies have kept him from college debate, he still seeks to promote the activity of competitive debate whenever/wherever he can.