Trump explained U.S. position on THAAD to Xi: South Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago state in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
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U.S. President Donald Trump told South Korea on Saturday he had explained to China’s President Xi Jinping America’s position on the deployment of an anti-missile defense system to South Korea, according to a statement from South Korea’s acting leader.

Trump informed South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn in a Saturday telephone call of his summit discussion with Xi.

China has opposed the deployment of the U.S.-supplied High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in South Korea, arguing it could threaten its security, but South Korea and the United States say it is aimed at countering North Korea’s missile threat.

China has increased pressure and imposed restrictions on some South Korean companies doing business in China, which led many in the South to believe Beijing was retaliating against the deployment of the missile system.

“President Trump said he and President Xi held in-depth discussions on the seriousness of North Korea’s nuclear problem and how to respond to it, and also said he had conveyed the U.S. position on the THAAD deployment,” the statement said.

Trump pressed Xi to do more to curb North Korea’s nuclear programme in their summit meeting at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

The U.S. military began deployment of the THAAD system in March, a day after the North test-fired four ballistic missiles.

China has not directly said it is targeting South Korean companies.

(Reporting by Jack Kim and Ju-min Park; Editing by Michael Perry)

Source: Reuters “Trump explained U.S. position on THAAD to Xi: South Korea”

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6 Comments on “Trump explained U.S. position on THAAD to Xi: South Korea”

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  2. Simon says:

    Trump is ust acrrying on a policy from the Obama era, essentailly he is now Obama Mk2.
    If TRump wan to alleviate Chinese concern about THAAD and that it is not targeting China then why not declassify its powerful waveband signiture to China so it will know how to defend against THAAD? Failure to disclose to China about THAAD can only meen the American is targeting China and escalating a military respones from China.


    • Steve says:

      These hegemonic scoundrels are using Nth Korea as an excuse to deploy THAAD mainly to target China. It is the Sth Koreans being used by the scoundrels and loving it. The Koreans probably consider themselves as the 51st USA state just like Philippines. Bush, Obama, Trump are All scoundrels. When Obama became President, the first mortal sin he committed was the invasion of Libya. Trump’s first mortal sin is bombing of Syrian airbase. Obama’s sin is much graver, but I believe old head Trump will surpass Obama over time.


      • Assassin says:

        Correct. Trump can NOT be trusted. His promises like Obama will turn out to be worthless. He has already a credibility problem.

        In short, Amerika cannot be trusted. Calculate.


        • Steve says:

          International observers in Iraq was stunned at the intensity of bombardment under the approval of Trump. Just last week over 230 civilians massacred and counting, mainly women and children. Under Islamic law, the corpses has to be buried asap, the Iraqi govt. workers picked up all sorts of corpses including half bodies and parts. Trump called the Syrian govt. baby killers, what shall Trump be called. Since in office, Trump has already shared in the killings of hundreds, if not thousands including Yemen, Iraq, Syria, etc. Trump has being labelled as another head of an American Hydra. Bush, Obama and Trump all parts of the American Presidential hydra genocidal heads.


          • Assassin says:

            Trump – Just another of your typical Amerikan Presidential “butcher”.

            He made no hue and cry of its own forces murdering over 200 civilians in one building during their bombing of Mosul recently on his order.

            The Amerikan controlled mass medias’ silence on Amerikans’ atrocities says it will be sweet relish and vengeance when Amerikan newspapers and broadcasters on Amerikan are bombed and napalmed one day. The world will, including Americans themselves, wll cheer and roar approval when professional defamers and slanderous are wiped off the face of this earth.