09:10 GMT +323 October 2017
Live
    U.S. missile defense system called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, is seen at a golf course in Seongju, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017

    Chinese Military Urges US to Remove THAAD from S Korea Over Security Concerns

    © AP Photo/ Choo Sang-chul/Newsis
    Asia & Pacific
    Get short URL
    62377236

    Amid the mounting tensions over Pyongyang's ongoing nuclear program, South Korea made the decision to install the four remaining THAAD launchers, causing concern in Moscow and Beijing, since this move could deteriorate the situation in the region.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) — China wants South Korea to end its deployment of US ballistic missiles systems, which undermine Chinese and Russian security, a senior officer with the Chinese Defense Ministry’s Central Military Commission has said.

    "The deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense systems to the Republic of Korea is a serious blow to the strategic interests of China, Russia and other countries," Lt. Gen. Zhou Shangping said.

    The statement was circulated by the ministry on the heels of a Russian-Chinese military meeting on THAAD on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s First Committee, which deals with international security.

    China asked the United States and South Korea to "take the concerns of China and other countries in the region seriously, reverse their erroneous decision and remove the equipment."

    South Korea brought in the final units of the THAAD missile defense system in early September after North Korea launched several missiles and conducted a sixth nuclear test in the past months.

    Related:

    US State Department Signs Off on $15B THAAD Sale to Saudi Arabia
    Asiana Forced to Reduce Flights to China Amid THAAD Row
    Moscow Has 'Best Option' to Retaliate to US Dragging Its THAAD Closer to Russia
    S Korean Opposition Criticizes President's Idea of 'Tentative' THAAD Deployment
    Protesters Clash With Police as US Adds Launchers to South Korean THAAD Site
    China Lodges Representation to South Korea Amid Extra THAAD Systems Deployment
    Clashes Between Residents, Police Erupt in S Korea Over THAAD Deployment
    Tags:
    Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK), China, United States, South Korea
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment