China says it resolutely opposes deployment of Thaad in South Korea

A Thaad interceptor is launched during a successful test, in an undated handout picture from the US Department of Defence.
A Thaad interceptor is launched during a successful test, in an undated handout picture from the US Department of Defence. PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Friday (Feb 3) it resolutely opposes deployment of a US anti-missile defence system in South Korea after South Korea said its defence chiefs have agreed to deploy the system this year.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang reiterated China's opposition to the US system at a daily news briefing in Beijing.

China has consistently opposed the decision to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (Thaad) system, saying it threatens China's own security and will do nothing to ease tension on the Korean peninsula.

South Korea and the United States say the system is only intended to defend against North Korean aggression.