Republic of Korea also known as South Korea hits China for trying to influence the possible deployment of a United States missile defense system, Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD). US deems necessary to install a missile defense system in South Korea to counter the North Korean threat. THAAD is an anti-ballistic missile system designed to shoot down short, medium, and intermediate ballistic missiles in their terminal phase using a hit-to-kill approach.
“A neighboring country can have its own opinion on the possible deployment of the Thaad system here by the U.S. forces in South Korea,” South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said in a regular press briefing as quoted by Yonhap News. “But it should not try to influence our security policy.”
“China holds a consistent and clear stance on the anti-missile issue. When pursuing its own security interests, one country should take into account other’s security concerns as well as regional peace and stability. We hope certain countries can be prudent when handling relevant issues,” Chinese Foreign Ministry said as response to SoKor Defense Ministry’s statement.
US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel said he finds “it curious that a third country would presume to make strong presentations about a security system that has not been put in place and that is still a matter of theory.”