Russia Opposes THAAD Deployment in Korea

      February 03, 2016 10:30

      Alexander Timonin

      Moscow opposes the deployment of U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense batteries in South Korea, Ambassador Alexander Timonin in Seoul said Tuesday.

      "Russia believes that the deployment of THAAD to South Korea will not be helpful to peace and security in Northeast Asia nor to the resolution of the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula," Timonin told reporters.

      "That is why Russia is urging all relevant nations to refrain from actions especially in the military field that could aggravate the situation."

      He said that the deployment will affect Moscow's foreign policy in the region, and expressed the hope that nothing will be done to sour bilateral relations.

      Timonin said six-party nuclear disarmament talks are the "most effective means" to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue.

      Russia has joined UN Security Council sanctions but believes that any further sanctions would drive Pyongyang deeper into isolation and have a negative effect on the resolution of the nuclear issue, he added.

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