China warning The United States of America

Cheryl Sanders
October 4, 2016

Back in July, the United States and South Korea said they had made a final decision to deploy the THAAD missile system in the South, claiming it will only be used in defense against what they called North Korean threats.

Another source at the Defense Ministry said the announcement will also include comparisons between the alternative site and Seongsan artillery base that was the original location.

The plans have met stiff opposition from local residents with a host of concerns ranging from possibly harmful effects on health and the economy to fears of antagonizing regional powerhouse China, a major trading partner.

The US - afraid North Korean missiles may one day hit its west coast cities - has vowed to protect its ally in the south.

The plan to deploy the system has also angered China, which worries that the THAAD's powerful radar would compromise its security.

He added that China will take all necessary measures to safeguard its national security.

The plan to deploy THAAD in South Korea has angered not only North Korea but also China, which suspects that the system would allow USA radar to better track its missiles.

A NORTH Korean soldier braved a treacherous journey through a highly-mined and barbed-wired military zone to defect to the South, officials from South Korea's military said.

"The US deployment of the THAAD system in South Korea will not resolve the security concerns of the related parties".

When asked about the possibility of South Korea and Japan signing the General Security of Military Information Agreement, Russel said the North Korea threat could make a persuasive case for the signing of additional agreements between the South Korean and Japanese militaries - hinting that Washington could take proactive steps to encourage this.

"At this point, (the act of) aggravating division and confusion in our midst is more terrible than nuclear provocations that North Korea wants", she added, calling for "unity beyond ideological and political differences".

China is North Korea's most important diplomatic and economic partner, but Beijing has been infuriated by its nuclear and missile tests and has signed up for United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang.

"China has made its position on THAAD clear many times", China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shaung said Friday during a regular press conference.

Tension has been high on the Korean peninsula since the North conducted its fourth nuclear test at the beginning of the year and followed it with an unprecedented string of missile tests, and then its fifth and largest nuclear test this month.

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