BEIJING Oct 1 The United States and South Korea
are destined to "pay the price" for their decision to deploy an
advanced missile defence system which will inevitably prompt a
"counter attack", China's top newspaper said on Saturday.
Tension on the Korean peninsula has been high this year,
beginning with North Korea's fourth nuclear test in January,
which was followed by a satellite launch, a string of tests of
various missiles, and its fifth and largest nuclear test last
In July, South Korea agreed with the United States to deploy
the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)
anti-missile system to protect against any North Korean threats.
South Korea aims to deploy the system on a golf course, a
defence ministry official said on Friday.
But the plan has angered China, which worries that THAAD's
powerful radar would compromise its security and do nothing to
lower temperatures on the Korean peninsula.
In a commentary, the ruling Communist Party's official
People's Daily said China's opposition to THAAD would never
change as it was a serious threat to the regional strategic
"Like any other country, China can neither be vague nor
indifferent on security matters that affect its core interests,"
the newspaper said in the commentary, published under the pen
name "Zhong Sheng", meaning "Voice of China", often used to give
views on foreign policy.
The United States and South Korea have to wake up to the
fact that the Korean peninsula is no place to take risks, it
"If the United States and South Korea harm the strategic
security interests of countries in the region including China,
then they are destined to pay the price for this and receive a
proper counter attack," the paper added, without elaborating.
China has repeatedly promised to take specific steps to
respond since the THAAD decision was announced, but has given no
details about what it may do.
On Thursday, the Defence Ministry said China "means what it
says" on considering countermeasures against THAAD.
The United States and South Korea have said THAAD does not
threaten China's security or target any country other than North
China is North Korea's most important diplomatic and
economic partner, but Beijing has been infuriated by its nuclear
and missile tests and has signed up for strong United Nations
sanctions against North Korea.
However, China has continued to call for talks to resolve
the North Korean issue and said sanctions are not the ultimate
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Richard Borsuk)