China urged to stop the deployment of the ABM systems THAAD in South Korea

© AP Photo / U. S. air Force Kojarzonymi launchers American THAAD missiles at an air base in South Korea. Archival photoChina urged to stop the deployment of the ABM systems THAAD in South Korea© AP Photo / U.S. Force Korea

The permanent representative of China to the UN Liu Jieyi called for an end to the deployment of the US missile defense system THAAD in South Korea and opposed any «chaos or war» on the Korean Peninsula.

«China opposes any chaos or war on the (Korean) Peninsula. The intensification of military deployments on the Peninsula will not help in achieving the goal of denuclearization and regional stability. The deployment of THAAD in North-East Asia poses a serious threat to the regional strategic balance, undermining strategic security interests of all countries in the region, including China,» the envoy said at a meeting of the UN Security Council, adding that this will lead to further escalation on the Peninsula.

He also called for an end to the imposition of unilateral sanctions against individuals and organizations in other countries.

In July 2016, after five months of negotiations, the U.S. and South Korea agreed on the deployment of THAAD, which would, if necessary, to intercept ballistic missiles of North Korea. THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) is designed for high-altitude natmosphere intercept missiles, allegedly of small and medium range. The deployment of THAAD concern China and Russia. Japan expressed approval of these plans, noting that the location of the THAAD will contribute to peace and stability in the region.

China urged to stop the deployment of the ABM systems THAAD in South Korea© Integratequality parity

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