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    Two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptors are launched during a successful intercept test.

    China Concerned Over US Plans to Deploy THAAD System in South Korea

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    Beijing is concerned over US plans to deploy the elements of THAAD missile defense systems on the territory of South Korea, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in February, Pentagon said that Washington and Seoul planned to begin talks on deploying the THAAD anti-ballistic missile system to South Korea to defend the region against North Korea’s development of ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

    "We think that the China's concerns regarding security should be taken into consideration and China should be provided with reasonable explanations. I do not think that we ask for too much. It is a sound position," Xi said, speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in the United States.

    Tensions over North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs escalated after Pyongyang said on January 6 that it had successfully carried out a hydrogen bomb test, triggering condemnation from the international community.

    On February 7, North Korea launched a satellite atop a long-range rocket, defying a UN Security Council resolution which bans Pyongyang from launching rockets that could be used as ballistic missiles carrying nuclear warheads.


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