March 11, 2016 7:00 am

Russia, China oppose US missile-defence in South Korea

A picture shows a replica of North Korea's Scud-B missile (L) and some South Korean missiles at the Korean War Memorial in Seoul. North Korea continued firing short-range weapons over its own eastern waters Monday after a weekend of what it called "rocket launching tests" intended to bolster deterrence against enemy attack. (File photo)


MOSCOW – The foreign ministers of China and Russia are opposing the possible deployment of an advanced American missile-defence system in South Korea.

Amid escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, Washington and Seoul last week began formal talks on deploying the sophisticated THAAD system.

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a news conference Friday after meeting with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov that putting the system in South Korea would “inflict direct harm to the strategic security interests of China and Russia.”

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Lavrov said deploying the system would be an overreaction.

“The plans, which the U.S. has been nursing together with the Republic of Korea, exceed any conceivable threats that may come from North Korea, even taking Pyongyang’s current actions into account,” he said.

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