August 5, 2017 / 7:52 PM / 17 days ago

China calls for halt to U.S. THAAD deployment in South Korea

A THAAD interceptor is seen in Seongju, South Korea, June 13, 2017.Kim Hong-Ji

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - China on Saturday called for a halt to the deployment of the THAAD U.S. anti-missile defence system in South Korea and for relevant equipment to be dismantled, China's U.N. Ambassador Liu Jieyi told the U.N. Security Council.

"The deployment of the THAAD system will not bring a solution to the issue of (North Korea's) nuclear testing and missile launches," Liu told the council after it imposed new sanctions on North Korea over two long-range missile launches.

He also urged North Korea to "cease taking actions that might further escalate tensions."

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Steve Orlofsky

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