A possible deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system in South Korea has made a strong opposition to the Chinese government, stressing that it would complicate the regional peace stability situation.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a dialogue with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Friday, asking him to halt the United States plans on deploying a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense(THAAD) system in South Korea.
Wang said that He was concerned with the possible deployment of the sophisticated anti-missile system in South Korea and with regards to the DPRK’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch, both moves violated UN resolutions and pose a serious challenge to the global non-proliferation regime.
Wang urged the United States government to act cautiously, not to undermine China’s security interests or add new complications to regional peace and stability.
“The deployment of the THAAD system by the United States … goes far beyond the defense needs of the Korean Peninsula and the coverage would mean it will reach deep into the Asian continent and it directly affects the strategic security interests of China and other Asian countries.” Wang added.
The United States and South Korea have started arrangements for the deployment of THAAD. The Pentagon made the declaration hours after the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) did on Sunday what it said was a satellite dispatch yet others accepted was a missile test.
THAAD is one of the most advanced missile defense systems in the world. It can intercept and destroy ballistic missiles inside or just outside the atmosphere during their final phase of flight.
Under UN Security Council resolutions, the DPRK is banned from test-firing any rockets based on ballistic missile technology. – R.Beerlak