China says South Korea abused mutual trust with THAAD deployment deal

July 24, 2016 9:30 pm

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (AFP)


has accused South of abusing mutual trust between both countries
by ignoring opposition and going ahead with the deployment of an
advanced missile system on its soil.

Chinese
Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remark ahead of a meeting with his
South Korean counterpart, Yun Byung-se, during a regional security
conference on Sunday.
“The recent behavior from has undermined the foundation for our bilateral trust,” said Wang via an interpreter.
After
voicing his country’s displeasure over the joint decision by the US and
South Korea to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)
missile system, he further noted that his country is waiting to see
“what kind of practical actions” will be made by Seoul to mend relations
between the two countries.
THAAD
has been designed to intercept ballistic missiles inside or just
outside the atmosphere during their final phase of flight.
On
Thursday, thousands of people rallied in Seoul against the recent
decision by the government to allow the deployment of the advanced US
missile system in South Korea.  
South
Korean President Park Geun-hye earlier declared the implementation of
the plan as “inevitable,” citing a sense of urgency to ramp up missile
defense capabilities against the North.
The
decision to have the system deployed, which was announced on July 8,
has been met with opposition both in South Korea as well as outside the
country.

A
THAAD missile is launched during a successful intercept test, in this
undated handout photo provided by the US Department of Defense.
(Reuters)

China,
which shares a border with North Korea, has been voicing its opposition
to the deployment of the system for months, warning that it would
destabilize regional security.
According
to the South Korean Defense Ministry, the US missile system will be
deployed in the southeastern county of Seongju, located 296 kilometers
southeast of the capital, to maximize its effectiveness while minimizing
any impact on residents and the environment. The ministry has also said
it aims to have the system operational by the end of 2017.

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