China expresses concern about "unauthorized" entry of THAAD launchers into ROK

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-31 20:44:51|Editor: Xiang Bo
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BEIJING, May 31 (Xinhua) -- China on Wednesday said it was seriously concerned about four additional mobile launchers of an advanced U.S. missile defense system that had been brought into the Republic of Korea(ROK).

Four mobile launchers were brought into the ROK in addition to two units that had been deployed as part of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system recently. Reports suggested that ROK President Moon Jae-in had not been informed about the move.

"China is seriously concerned about this event," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a routine press briefing, saying that China's position on the THAAD issue is clear and consistent.

The deployment of THAAD has gravely undermined regional strategic balance and the security interests of China, and runs counter to peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula, said Hua.

"China firmly opposes the deployment of THAAD and strongly urges the U.S. and ROK side to stop and cancel the act," said Hua.