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    In this photo provided by U.S. Forces Korea, trucks carrying U.S. missile launchers and other equipment needed to set up the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system arrive at the Osan air base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Monday, March 6, 2017.

    Tillerson Urges China to Refrain From Retaliation Against THAAD in S Korea

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    The US secretary of state called on Beijing to refrain from economic pressure on Seoul and focus on Pyongyang's threat.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged China on Friday to refrain from creating economic policies which could hinder South Korea’s deployment of a US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile system.

    "While we acknowledge China's opposition, its economic retaliation against South Korea is inappropriate and troubling. We ask China to refrain from such actions," Tillerson said during a press conference following his talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se.

    Tillerson continued by calling on Chinese authorities to react to "the escalating threat from North Korea" which necessitates the need for a THAAD location on the peninsula.

    "The United States is committed to supporting the defense of our allies and we will continue to develop a comprehensive set of capabilities to counter the growing North Korean ballistic missile threat. That's why the United States and the Republic of Korea decided to take the defensive measure of deploying THAAD missile defense system," Tillerson explained.

    On March 8, components for the THAAD system began to arrive in South Korea as Seoul wanted the system to be deployed rapidly in response to the threat from North Korea’s ballistic missile tests.

    Seoul and Washington first agreed to deploy THAAD in July 2016. The system is designed to intercept short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles at the terminal incoming stage.

    The move prompted strong criticism from Beijing, which enacted economic policies in protest. China's retaliation resulted in the temporary suspension of tour packages sales to South Koreans. Similarly, China has reportedly boycotted some South Korean products, including those of Lotte Group, the conglomerate which sold one of its golf courses to the South Korean government for the defense system.


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      What a JOKER!!!
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      What a hypocrite ! The names change but thats about it , sad day for humanity . hey trex how about the us quit playing an unjust economic game with Russia and Venezuela among others for reasons that are totally inappropriate and extremely troubling , what a hypocrite
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      Ok lets tell China they need to trust the us government ! Right ok good thinking trex ! NOT ! Only a fool would trust the us g
    • shaun.byatt
      "While we acknowledge China's opposition, its economic retaliation against South Korea is inappropriate and troubling. We ask China to refrain from such actions," says a representative of a country who illegally sanctions whoever scares them this week.
    • avatar
      Sir Percy
      US AND ROK said to China:"Let me attack you but don't stop giving me the best and the biggest goodies. It is just so unfair."
    • avatar
      Well this is a good case for those in here who were supporting Trump as a peace maker and Tillerson as the good man who will deal with foreign affairs as he was dealing with oil business.
      Peter Lavelle and his regulars guests do not want to accept that American foreign policy is the policy of the deep state and they need hawks to employ it no matter if they are republicans or democrats. Its all about big business and hegemony.
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      In the Usa terror state political party's and name change !! but never there politic !!!
      There just like to rule the World !!! And this will only stop after the Pandora box opens up !!
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