WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, local media reported that Washington and Seoul reached an agreement on the deployment of THAAD to protect South Korea from North Korea's nuclear and ballistic threats.
"Ambassador Bacchus did have a meeting with his Chinese counterparts about this," Kirby stated. "We’ve made very clear that because of the ongoing continued threat by the North [Korea] that this was a capability we would be exploring with our South Korean allies."
Kirby also claimed that the THAAD system is purely defensive in nature and there should be no reason for growing mistrust with China.
The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that the agreement to deploy the THAAD missile system will have a highly negative impact on global stability.