TOKYO (Sputnik) — According to the Yonhap news agency, the talks focused on the deployment of Terminal-High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system in South Korea that is not welcomed by Russia and key issues between the countries such as economic cooperation.
The THAAD system is designed to intercept short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles at the terminal incoming stage. In July 2016, Seoul and Washington agreed to deploy the THAAD system in South Korea's Seongju County for countering possible North Korea's threats before the end of 2017.
The move has been criticized by neighboring China and Russia as inappropriate, possibly disproportionate and affecting other countries' interests.
North Korea has conducted a number of missile launches in the past months as well as its fifth and biggest nuclear test last September 2015, prompting condemnation from the United Nations.
On February 12, a North-Korean medium-range ballistic missile was fired from an airbase in the western province of North Pyongan and traveled around 300 miles before plunging into the Sea of Japan. The test has been declared successful by Pyongyang.