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SEPTEMBER 2020

Russia & China Agrees on Countermeasures against US Missile Defense System in Korea

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Russia and China have agreed to take further countermeasures in response to the agreement between the US and the Republic of Korea to place the THAAD anti-ballistic missile system on the Korean peninsula.

Russia & China Agrees on Countermeasures against US Missile Defense System in Korea

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test (Photo: Reuters / US Department of Defense / Missile Defense Agency)

Moscow and Beijing have agreed to take further countermeasures in response to the agreement between Washington and Seoul to place the THAAD anti-ballistic missile system on the Korean peninsula.

As a result of bilateral consultations on security issues, Russia and China have declared their intention to take countermeasures, which “will be aimed at safeguarding interests of China and Russia and the strategic balance in the region,” the Reuters news agency reported, citing the Chinese Xinhua news agency.

The sides also expressed serious concerns in connection with the plans of the US and South Korea to deploy the ballistic missile defense system and urged them to scrap these plans. In addition, Moscow and Beijing said that they intend to hold new military exercises in October 2017.

According to the Interfax news agency, Russia and China noted that the current situation in the area of the Korean peninsula and in North Asia is “complicated and sensitive,” and for this reason, all the sides should show restraint and avoid actions that could lead to an escalation of tensions.

Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov represented the Russian side during the consultations, while the Chinese side was presented by Assistant of Chinese Foreign Minister (in the rank of deputy minister) Xuanyou Kong.

Washington and Seoul agreed on the deployment of the THAAD system in summer 2016.

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