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China reiterates opposition to South Korea's THAAD anti-missile system
April 17, 2017 / 7:39 AM / 5 months ago

China reiterates opposition to South Korea's THAAD anti-missile system

FILE PHOTO: A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test, in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency. U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency/Handout via Reuters/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - China reiterated on Monday its opposition to the deployment of a sophisticated U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang voiced China’s opposition to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system at a regular briefing in Beijing, and also urged all parties to work together to maintain peace and stability in the region.

South Korean acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn and visiting U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Monday reaffirmed their plans to go ahead with the deployment of the system.

China says the system’s powerful radar is a threat to its security. The United States and South Korea say it is only aimed at defence against North Korean missiles.

Reporting by Michael Martina; Writing by Philip Wen; Editing by Robert Birsel

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