(From Reuters)

China has no need to be worried about U.S. plans to deploy a new anti-missile system in South Korea to protect it from North Korea, a senior U.S. diplomat said on a visit to Beijing, adding North Korea had shown no interest in diplomacy.

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system

The United States and South Korea have begun talks on possible deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system after North Korea tested its fourth nuclear bomb on Jan. 6 and launched a long-range rocket on Feb. 7, both in defiance of U.N. resolutions, but China firmly opposes the move.

“The fact is that North Korea presents a very serious missile threat to the Korean peninsula,” Sung Kim, the U.S. special envoy for North Korea, told reporters.

“And we, together with South Korea, have decided that we should take appropriate defensive measures to protect ourselves against this missile threat from North Korea.” Read More

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