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    Russia categorically opposes plans to deploy US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense systems in South Korea since this will pose direct threat to the country's security, Russian Ambassador to South Korea Alexander Timonin told Sputnik in an interview.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The deployment of anti-ballistic systems will not contribute normalization of the situation in the region, he added.

    "South Korea and our US partners are perfectly aware of Russia's position, which has been repeatedly announced by our leadership. The stance consists in the idea that it is categorically unacceptable to deploy THAAD anti-missile complexes in South Korea because we consider it as a direct threat to our country's security," Timonin said.

    The United States has been discussing with South Korea for several months over the proposed deployment of the THAAD system amid increased tensions on the peninsula over North Korea's nuclear program.

    Russia hopes that South Korean President Park Geun-hye will pay a reciprocal visit to the country by the end of 2016, Alexander Timonin told Sputnik in an interview.

    "In November 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin paid an official visit to South Korea. South Korean President Park Geun-hye has an official invitation from our president to repay the visit and we hope that she will find time for such a visit before the end of this year," Timonin said.

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