USA deploys missile defense system in South Korea


Russian Foreign Ministry fears “dangerous consequences” of “undermining the strategic balance in the Asia-Pacific region.”

That’s how the Foreign Ministry commented on the agreement between the United States and the Republic of Korea to deploy THAAD missile defense system in the territory of South Korea.

“Despite the strong and persistent opposing from the Russian side and a number of other countries, the U.S. and South Korea have reached an agreement on deploying American THAAD missile defense system on the territory of the Republic of Korea. This step makes us seriously concerned,” said in a statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry that was published on July 8.

The ministry believes that thus “the current strategic balance is being undermined” in Asia, and in the world at large, which may lead to “aggravation of regional tensions”, and won’t help solving the North Korean nuclear issue.

The statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry was made after it became known that the U.S. and South Korea reached an agreement on the deployment of missile defense system THAAD. This agreement also caused outrage in Beijing: ambassadors of the U.S. and the Republic of Korea were summoned to the Foreign Ministry of China.

“The deployment of THAAD systems in South Korea violates the strategic balance in the region, causing serious damage to the strategic security interests of China, and doesn’t help to protect the peace and security in North-East Asia,” said the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of China Zhang Yesui, as quoted by TASS.



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