China’s FURY over USA’s decision to put anti-missile defence system in South Korea

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
By Paul Martin

US OFFICIALS have attempted to calm a diplomatic row with China over the deployment of a new anti-missile defence system in South Korea, insisting it is merely aimed at defending against Kim Jong-un’s nuclear programme.

Tue, Aug 16, 2016

Seoul plans to host a Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) unit with the help of the US military to protect South Korea from nuclear attack.

But China claims the radar system poses a threat to its own security and risks destabilising the region.

North Korea has also warned that the THAAD system will spark a retaliation.

Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the US Army, told his People’s Liberation Army counterpart Li Zuocheng: “THAAD is a defensive measure to protect South Koreans and Americans from the North Korean ballistic missile threat and is not a threat in any way to China.”

South Korea announced in July that a US anti-missile defence unit would be deployed in Seonjgu, in the centre of South Korea, despite fierce local opposition.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have run high since North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test in January, followed with a satellite launch and a string of test launches of missiles.

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