China strongly urges the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) to stop deploying the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Friday.
Geng Shuang said at a daily press conference that China has always opposed the deployment of the THAAD system in the ROK and will take necessary measures to safeguard the national security, interests, and strategic balance in the region.
The deployment of the THAAD system does not contribute to achieving denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, nor protecting stability and peace on the peninsula, he said.
“It will severely damage the strategic and security interests of related regional countries, including China, as well as the strategic balance in the region,” he added.
Media reported that heavy equipment necessary to build facilities and infrastructure inside the THAAD site have been transported to southeastern ROK.
The ROK military attempted to finish deployment of the THAAD system at an early date in response to the nuclear missile threat by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, according to media reports.
Geng said the decision by the United States and the ROK to deploy the THAAD system has raised more tensions rather than easing the situation on the Korean Peninsula, and the ROK would face more threats. Enditem