December 12, 2017 11:48
President Moon Jae-in on Monday told Chinese TV that Seoul's decision to let the U.S. deploy a THAAD missile defense battery here was "inevitable" due to the North Korean threat.
Moon vowed that the THAAD does not violate China's military interests. "South Korea will pay extra heed to make sure that THAAD will not go beyond its objectives of defending against the North's nuclear and missile threats and hurt China's security interests," he said.
"The top priority of my visit to China is recovering mutual trust," he added.
Moon said Seoul and Beijing must be patient in resolving the dispute and understand each other's positions.
Moon said the situation is "very grave" as North Korea continues provocations and quickly improves its missile capability and urged China to consider South Korea’s position.
He stressed that the THAAD is aimed at protecting South Korea from a North Korean missile attack and there is no intention to spy on China. He promised to ensure that does not happen.
Asked about his impression of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Moon said he believes Xi is "sincere and trustworthy" and wants to ensure that their friendship lasts a long time.
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