- Title: China questions South Korean deployment of THAAD anti-missile defense system
- Date: 6th August 2017
- Summary: MANILA, PHILIPPINES (AUGUST 6, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI SHAKING HANDS WITH SOUTH KOREAN FOREIGN MINISTER KANG KYUNG-WHA / WANG AND KANG POSING FOR PHOTO AND WALKING AWAY MEETING IN PROGRESS WANG SPEAKING KANG MAKING NOTES MEETING IN PROGRESS KANG SPEAKING WANG AND HIS TEAM LISTENING MEETING IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER, WANG YI, SAYING: "I spoke with Foreign Minister Kang about a series of issues. For instance, one question I asked was, why, when North Korea announced that it has tested an intercontinental ballistic missile, does South Korea accelerate the deployment of the THAAD missile system? Will THAAD be able to intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles? I think it's quite clear to everyone, this is impossible." WHITE FLASH (MUTE) WANG THANKING MEDIA AND WALKING AWAY
- Embargoed: 20th August 2017 14:28
- Keywords: ASEAN Philippines Manila Wang Yi bilateral Kang Kyung-wha anti-missile defense system ARF South Korea China meeting
- Location: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- City: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- Country: Philippines
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016T0OOXX
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: China's foreign minister questioned on Sunday (August 6) why South Korea would "accelerate" the U.S. deployment of the THAAD anti-missile defense system in their country, when it is "impossible" for it to destroy a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile.
Chinese foreign minister Wany Yi was addressing reporters after a one-hour bilateral meeting with South Korea's foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha, on the sidelines of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Manila, Philippines.
China and Russia have slammed U.S. deployment of the THAAD anti-missile defense system in South Korea. China's U.N. Ambassador Liu Jieyi has called for a halt to the deployment and for any equipment in place to be dismantled.
The U.N. Security Council on Saturday (August 5) unanimously imposed new sanctions on Pyongyang over its two July intercontinental ballistic missile tests, a move that could slash by a third the Asian state's $3 billion annual export revenue.
The United States, which has long maintained that China has not done enough to rein in North Korea, negotiated with China for a month on the new resolution before putting it to the Security Council.
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