Seoul's Envoy to China Says THAAD Dispute Must Be Resolved

  • By Lee Kil-seong

    October 11, 2017 10:52

    South Korea's new ambassador to China said Tuesday conflict between the two countries over Seoul's deployment of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery from the U.S. "cannot continue this way."

    Noh Young-min told reporters after arriving in Beijing, "The perception is growing on both sides that bilateral economic relations heading this way is not desirable. A bilateral summit will offer possible solutions."

    New Ambassador to China Noh Young-min (left) speaks with a Chinese Foreign Ministry official in Beijing on Tuesday. /Yonhap

    Turning to the North Korean nuclear threat, Noh said, "Bilateral cooperation is more important than ever under the shared view that North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles pose obstacles to achieving peace in northeast Asia and the national interests of South Korea and China."

    At a ceremony at the South Korean Embassy, Roh said he will explain to Beijing officials that Seoul's THAAD deployment is purely for defensive purposes against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats and is not aimed at China.

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