South Korea presidential office says China ‘out-of-place’ on THAAD

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test, in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency.  U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency/Handout via Reuters/File Photo

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test, in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency. U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency/Handout via Reuters/File Photo

South Korea’s presidential office rebuked on Sunday China’s criticism of its decision to deploy an advanced anti-missile defense, urging Beijing to instead play a stronger role against North Korea’s provocations on the peninsula.

The statement by President Park Geun-hye’s office marked an escalation of diplomatic tensions between South Korea and China, which has sharply criticized Seoul’s move to host a Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) unit with the U.S. military.

Park’s senior press secretary, Kim Sung-woo, said in the statement recent commentary carried by China’s state media was “out of place” in blaming South Korea for raising tension on the Korean peninsula with the move to deploy a THAAD unit.

“Rather than taking issue with our purely defensive action, China should raise issue in a stronger manner with North Korea which is breaking peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and Northeast by conducting four nuclear tests and, just this year, launching more than 10 ballistic missiles,” it said.

South Korea and the United States began discussions to deploy a THAAD unit in the South after the North’s fourth nuclear test in January and a long-range rocket launch in defiance of U.N. sanctions.

South Korea has said the move is purely to counter growing missile threats from the North and was not intended to target China, but Beijing has protested it would destabilize regional security balance.

On Wednesday, China’s People’s Daily in an editorial said: “It is impossible for South Korea’s leader not to know America’s strategic plot. (She) is well aware of the real direction of the THAAD anti-missile system.”

“(She) has no hesitation about undermining regional stability and flagrantly damaging the security interests of neighboring powers,” it said.

North Korea has launched a series of missiles in recent months, the latest on Wednesday when one ballistic missile that flew about 1,000 km (600 miles) landed near Japanese-controlled waters.

(Reporting by Yun Hwan Chae, Additional reporting by Benjamin Lim in Beijing; Editing by Jack Kim and Sam Holmes)

Source: Reuters “South Korea presidential office says China ‘out-of-place’ on THAAD”

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8 Comments on “South Korea presidential office says China ‘out-of-place’ on THAAD”

  1. Bodo Aquino says:

    I don’t think South Korea’s response to Beijing’s disquiet at the positioning of American controlled THAAD anti missile system is realistic. It is not “out-of-place” nor “putting-the cart-before-the-horse”.

    It is a legitimate concern because such installation of such American so-called anti missile systems, means a tilt to the U.S. in terms of balance of power in East Asia. The U.S. now can neutralize or nullify China and Russia’s response to any sudden massive preemptive nuclear strike by the U.S.. With such a position of strength, Washington will become even more arrogant and confident in intimidating Beijing and Moscow to do its bidding or suffer nuclear annihilation.

    This cannot be and will end with more threatening counter-measures against the U.S. and South Korea. Maybe I would go for a space-based “anti missile” defence system with nuclear tipped missiles hovering over the U.S. and South Korea, threatening it in perpetuity like a “sword of Damocles” over the heads of Americans. Now, how will the Americans and South Koreans response?

    Other alternative would be to instigate a red flag incident in order to justify a North Korea-China attack and taking over of South Korea once and for all. Afterall, Seoul is not the real power in South Korea; The Americans are. Therefore, the only way to secure peace on the peninsular is to drive the alien invader, conqueror and colonizer out.


  2. Simon says:

    I think it is about time China allow KIm Jung Un a visit and egitamise his adminstration.


  3. Steve says:

    Whatever the outcome with the THAAD threat positioned in Sth Korea, China can easily counter with its worlds most advanced hypersonics delivery into the ROK…Moscow and Beijing can easily retaliate against Sth Korea the way US did against Russia during the infamous Cuban Missile Crisis. Then, the US President Kennedy was concerned of nuclear arms or warheads launched from inside Cuba.

    So, my Question is, should China and Russia be worried.? If not, in the worst case scenario, South Korea faces massive destruction with ballistic and cruise missiles from Beijing and Moscow, but Not nuclear ending mankind in Seoul.

    Question 2, should China and Russia increases it’s nuclear arsenal.? Absolutely NO. Why.?Because Korea and Japan are non nuclear states. It would be detrimental to the entire Asian region declining into a ring of nuclear waste…How.? Because, similar to Israel, the US will arm Sth Korea and Japan with nuclear arms.

    The best way is by diplomacy and negotiation. I believe China and Russia still holds the Korean weapon which is North Korea itself.


  4. simon says:

    urging Beijing to instead play a stronger role against North Korea’s provocations on the peninsula.

    China should demand South Korea to recognise that North Korea belongs to China

    if they want China to play stronger role than South Korea

    Otherwise, there are no reason for China to rein a foreign nation, North Korea.


  5. johnleecan says:

    China should now mass produce different types of nuclear weapons and aim them towards its security threat like South Korea. THAAD might be armed with nuclear warhead and will definitely threaten the survival of China.

    China should now remove all sanctions against North Korea and should veto anything against the North. China should help the North develop its military and together plan massive drills depicting an invasion of the country to unify them and annihilation of its common hegemonic enemy. Although the drills are not targeted at any country.


  6. Chatiwan Sonsann says:

    One likely outcome – apart from a serious effort to use kinetic force against threats from U.S.’s “missile defence shield” to nullify Chinese response against a U.S. nuclear first strike against China – would be a nuclear arms race. Beijing will have no choice but to build up ts nuclear arsenal to match U.S.’s of about 3,500 bombs. Maybe Beijing, in collaboration with Moscow may also position anti missiles shields in Nicaragua to defend it against an aggressive U.S.. Similarly, floating “islands” housing similar anti missile systems off Cuba. Expect South Korea’s trade with China to be severely curtailed as an indication of China’s seriousness in the matter.

    President Putin has already highlighted the extreme seriousness of U.S.’s anti missiles installations in Romania and Poland and some of the Baltic states and has promised strong action. He is well aware of the implications of the disruption of power balance in favor of the U.S. caused by these missiles, and has underlined the gravity of this situation in no uncertain terms to Western journalists and politicians. Beijing understands and shares his concerns as President Xi and China is now also facing the same threat to China’s nuclear deterrent and without doubt, will stand with President Putin publicly in words and deeds.

    War monger Obama’s recklessness may yet take the world to a nuclear confrontation. The stupidity of his bluff against two nuclear armed giants is beyond belief. How many times he think he can do that kind of insane thing before people hit back, and hit back hard?


  7. Fre Okin says:

    Park just putting on a brave face. She is probably coerced by US to put THAAD on South Korean soil. With all the noise from Trump demanding ‘protection money’ from Seoul, Park may think putting THAAD in S Korea is a necessary appeasement move to forestall US demand for more protection money.

    THAAD manned by US personnel is designed to protect US bases First, not South Koreans.

    If Park really want China to try harder to control N Korea which is no guarantee, she Must demand THAAD be under South Korea’s control, not US personnel who could easily do the switcheroo to track Chinese missiles instead of N Korean missiles.

    Anyway, deployment won’t happen till next year and China and N Korea may work out a deal to make N Korean missiles Maneuverable to defeat THAAD. Silly Park will end up with no additional security for South Korea and only aggravate China. Watch sometimes next year N Korean missiles become maneuverable and Park may have second thoughts about deploying THAAD and disappoint the incoming US president.


  8. Joseph says:

    It seems that Reuters has found new target to bash China, now that their China bashing campaign was rudely rebuked by ASEAN, shifting back to North Asia. It is odd that all South Korean ‘hardline’ statements were broadcasted eagerly by Western media and not South Korean media, and South Korea was actually un-South Korean-ly ‘silent’ about recent Japanese new defense minister Inata statement about comfort women, an issue that always irked South Korea. I am just amused that it was THAAD that was brought up once more. A cheap and unproven defense system that the American put in place to intimidate its enemies, THAAD only success was to create fear among enemies in some sort of state terrorism. In the past, China has show much less interest and anger than Russia for the THAAD deployment, much to the American dismay and disappointment. Recently, even the Russian has proven THAAD ineffectiveness. The Russian dared THAAD to shoot down its war planes harrasing US warships in the international water that was considered NATO ‘airspace’ and covered by THAAD. All the American fired at the Russian was ‘protest’. China officially had to protest the deployment of such system close to its border, of course. But the American has been known to express their disappointment that China ‘failed’ to recognize the capability of their ‘mighty’ weapon. In the meanwhile Western media always warned about Chinese missiles that could not be intercepted, even with the mighty THAAD. It is not sensible that China was not aware of THAAD. All indication suggest that China has developed counter-measure for THAAD. In the end, the success of THAAD is if it creates fears on media warfares that can be used as leverage to pressure China to Western demand. If it does, it will have more success than the troublesome PCA on the SCS. If it does not, no one will hear the reference about THAAD on the media in the next few weeks, again. What certain is, whenever a US scheme fails, China emerges stronger internationally, ironically just like Good prevails over Dr. Evil in American own Hollywood movies.

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