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In this photo provided by U.S. Forces Korea, trucks carrying parts of U.S. missile launchers and other equipment needed to set up Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)  missile defense system arrive at Osan air base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Monday, March 6, 2017. The US military has begun moving equipment for the controversial missile defense system to ally South Korea. The announcement Tuesday by the U.S. military comes a day after North Korea test-launched four ballistic missiles into the ocean near Japan. (U.S. Force Korea via AP)MoreCloseclosemore
In this photo provided by U.S. Forces Korea, trucks carrying parts of U.S. missile launchers and other equipment needed to set up Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system arrive at Osan air base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Monday, March 6, 2017. The US military has begun moving equipment for the controversial missile defense system to ally South Korea. The announcement Tuesday by the U.S. military comes a day after North Korea test-launched four ballistic missiles into the ocean near Japan. (U.S. Force Korea via AP)

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Tokyo Wednesday night, commencing his first official visit to Asia. Tillerson will meet with senior officials in Japan, South Korea and China.

His trip comes at a volatile time for the region. Last week North Korea carried out its second ballistic missile test in a month, just as the U.S. deployed its own missile system across the border in South Korea, called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD.

Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Here & Now security analyst Jim Walsh (@DrJimWalshMIT).

This segment aired on March 15, 2017.

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