August 5, 2017 / 7:52 PM / a year ago

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

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.

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

“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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