FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2016 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
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The U.S. military hopes to send a sophisticated missile defense system to South Korea "as quickly as possible," the Pentagon said Monday.Following North Korea's long-range rocket launch on Sunday, South Korean and U.S. military officials announced they would begin formal discussions on placing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD) on the North's doorstep.A U.S. defense official told AFP the anti-missile system could be deployed within two weeks of a deployment order.Five THAAD batteries are currently operational, according to the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency.
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