Russia, China oppose U.S. missile-defense in South Korea

AP

The foreign ministers of China and Russia are opposing the possible deployment of an advanced American missile-defense 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.

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.”

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.

In Washington, State Department spokesman John Kirby said the U.S. was in consultation with South Korea about a possible THAAD deployment because of the provocative behavior of North Korea.

“I don’t know if it’s going to get deployed, but if it does, there’s no reason for the Russians or the Chinese to be concerned about it because it is purely defensive in nature,” Kirby told reporters.

  • Aussie Andrew

    THAAD is no use to defend against N.Korean missile attack; only useful against Russian ballistic missiles.
    USA as usual ‘playing stupid’ with Russia. (and China).
    Problem is; when the sht hits the fan you won’t see the Yanks for dust….same retreat and defeat as in Viet-Nam but leaving Korea and Japan as disaster zones.

  • Aussie Andrew

    THAAD is no use to defend against N.Korean missile attack; only useful against Russian ballistic missiles.
    USA as usual ‘playing stupid’ with Russia. (and China).
    Problem is; when the sht hits the fan you won’t see the Yanks for dust….same retreat and defeat as in Viet-Nam but leaving Korea and Japan as disaster zones.

  • Aussie Andrew

    THAAD is no use to defend against N.Korean missile attack; only useful against Russian ballistic missiles.
    USA as usual ‘playing stupid’ with Russia. (and China).
    Problem is; when the sht hits the fan you won’t see the Yanks for dust….same retreat and defeat as in Viet-Nam but leaving Korea and Japan as disaster zones.

    • JB Hood

      Right, THAAD only detects Russian ICBM’s due to the cabbage saute with black pepper and hydrogenated oil that coats the missile

  • Aussie Andrew

    THAAD is no use to defend against N.Korean missile attack; only useful against Russian ballistic missiles.
    USA as usual ‘playing stupid’ with Russia. (and China).
    Problem is; when the sht hits the fan you won’t see the Yanks for dust….same retreat and defeat as in Viet-Nam but leaving Korea and Japan as disaster zones.

  • Aussie Andrew

    THAAD is no use to defend against N.Korean missile attack; only useful against Russian ballistic missiles.
    USA as usual ‘playing stupid’ with Russia. (and China).
    Problem is; when the sht hits the fan you won’t see the Yanks for dust….same retreat and defeat as in Viet-Nam but leaving Korea and Japan as disaster zones.