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China repeats objection to THAAD deployment in S. Korea

2017/07/28 17:13

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BEIJING, July 28 (Yonhap) -- China renewed its opposition on Friday to South Korea's move to install a U.S. missile defense system on its soil, demanding Seoul withdraw the push it sees could hurt its strategic security interest.

Chinese Foreign Minister spokesman Lu Kang voiced the objection during a regular press briefing in response to a question seeking comments on South Korea's earlier decision to conduct an environmental impact assessment on the THAAD system.

He said that China's stance on the THAAD issue is consistent and clear, calling on South Korea and the U.S. to stop the ongoing deployment of the weapon immediately.

Seoul and Washington announced in July last year to install a THAAD battery to better counter the growing missile threat from North Korea.

China has objected to its installation, saying that the missile defense system and, in particular, its strong radar system could undercut its military capabilities.

A golf course in Seongju, some 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, was picked to house the THAAD battery.

South Korea's defense ministry said on Friday that it will conduct a survey of its environmental impact in accordance with a local law before fully deploying it. Experts say that it could take more than a year.