World China calls for halt to U.S. THAAD deployment in S.Korea

23:20  05 august  2017
23:20  05 august  2017 Source:   Reuters

North Korean ICBM launches dim South's hopes for talks

  North Korean ICBM launches dim South's hopes for talks <p>North Korea's rapidly accelerating nuclear weapons program is beginning to pose a grave challenge for liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-in, whose dovish proposals for engagement have been met by silence and two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in less than a month.'</p>Throughout the election campaign and his presidency that began in May, Moon has persistently expressed a desire to reach out to North Korea. But in the wake of the North's latest ICBM test, a stern-looking Moon on Saturday sounded more like his conservative predecessor as he ordered his troops to conduct a live-fire exercise with U.S. forces and endorsed stronger pressure and sanctions against Pyongyang.

Beijing has called for an immediate stop to the deployment of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense ( THAAD ) anti-missile system to South Korea and is ready to protect its interests Russia supports China ' s call to stop North Korean nuke tests, exchange for halt in US- South Korea drills.

Conference Calls . It could see the halt in implementation of the THAAD deployment as an acquiescence, and thereby invite even more pressure on Seoul on each occasion that China is dissatisfied with new South Korean defense measures toward North Korea.

Liu Jieyi, China's ambassador to the United Nations, speaks at a U.N. Security Council meeting called to discuss threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, at U.N. headquarters. © (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Liu Jieyi, China's ambassador to the United Nations, speaks at a U.N. Security Council meeting called to discuss threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, at U.N. headquarters.

China on Saturday called for a halt to the deployment of the THAAD U.S. anti-missile defense system in South Korea and for relevant equipment to be dismantled, China's U.N. Ambassador Liu Jieyi told the U.N. Security Council.

"The deployment of the THAAD system will not bring a solution to the issue of (North Korea's) nuclear testing and missile launches," Liu told the council after it imposed new sanctions on North Korea over two long-range missile launches.

He also urged North Korea to "cease taking actions that might further escalate tensions." (Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

Pyongyang challenge: Should US shoot Kim's missiles down? .
<p>With North Korea threatening to send a salvo of ballistic missiles close to a U.S. military hub in the Pacific, pressure could grow for Washington to put its multibillion-dollar missile defense system into use and shoot them out of the air before they can pose a real threat.</p>But should it? Could it?

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