Seoul summons Chinese envoy over US missile defence system remark

A South Korean anti-war activist holds a placard reading "THAAD go back to USA," during a rally against talks on deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence System (THAAD) on February 23, 2016.
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The South Korean Foreign Affairs Ministry on Wednesday summoned Chinese Ambassador to South Korea Chu Guo to protest his recent comments against deploying an advanced US missile defence system here.

Chu had said that stationing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system here may "destroy" the bilateral relationship between Seoul and Beijing, during a meeting with interim leader of the main opposition The Minjoo Party Kim Jong-in on Tuesday.

Deputy Minister for Political Affairs Kim Hong-kyun complained to Chu, and the ministry officials said they are working to find out whether the remarks have been relayed from the Beijing government.

"The ambassador (Chu) said he understood the grave nature of this incident, and vowed to continue working for the relationship between South Korea and China," the ministry said.

South Korea and the US are set to officially launch talks on deploying the THAAD system this week, after North Korea pushed forward with nuclear testing last month and a long-range rocket launch earlier this month.

But China has been opposing the deployment, saying it will dent Beijing's security interests.

The South Korean Foreign Affairs Ministry on Wednesday summoned Chinese Ambassador to South Korea Chu Guo to protest his recent comments against deploying an advanced US missile defence system here.

Chu had said that stationing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system here may "destroy" the bilateral relationship between Seoul and Beijing, during a meeting with interim leader of the main opposition The Minjoo Party Kim Jong-in on Tuesday.

Deputy Minister for Political Affairs Kim Hong-kyun complained to Chu, and the ministry officials said they are working to find out whether the remarks have been relayed from the Beijing government.

"The ambassador (Chu) said he understood the grave nature of this incident, and vowed to continue working for the relationship between South Korea and China," the ministry said.

South Korea and the US are set to officially launch talks on deploying the THAAD system this week, after North Korea pushed forward with nuclear testing last month and a long-range rocket launch earlier this month.

But China has been opposing the deployment, saying it will dent Beijing's security interests.

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