MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Morgulov and Kong met earlier Monday.
"[The sides] expressed mutual concern over the serious degradation of the situation in the region, provoked by Pyongyang’s continued implementation of missile and nuclear programs, as well as disproportionate military activity of the United States and its allies, including deployment of the THAAD missile systems on the territory of the Republic of Korea," the statement read.
As a response to the potential use of nuclear weapons, the United States sent a strike group led by US aircraft carrier Carl Vinson to the Korean Peninsula, where it began exercises with the South Korean navy.
US media reported that US President Donald Trump might order a strike against North Korea in light of its military activities. The North Korean top officials said the country was ready for nuclear attacks in case of possible US military aggression.
The THAAD agreement was reached by Seoul and Washington in July 2016. The move came amid growing tensions spurred by North Korea's recurring ballistic and nuclear missile tests.
The THAAD system has a range of some 200 kilometers (125 miles) and is designed to intercept short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles at the terminal incoming stage. The move to deploy it in South Korea has been criticized by neighboring China and Russia as inappropriate, possibly disproportionate, and affecting other countries' interests.