Washington dismisses China's THAAD argument: Yonhap

Park Sae-jin Reporter() | Posted : March 3, 2017, 08:13 | Updated : March 3, 2017, 08:13

[Aju News DB]

The US State Department expressed concern about a series of retaliatory measures China has been taking against South Korean businesses over Seoul's decision to host the US THAAD missile defense system, calling the reaction "unreasonable and inappropriate".

"We are concerned and closely monitoring reports that China has taken actions against South Korean private sector entities for the U.S.-ROK (South Korea) decision to deploy THAAD in the ROK," a State Department spokesperson told Yonhap News Agency.

"As THAAD is a prudent and limited self-defense measure designed to respond to a clear, reckless and unlawful North Korean military threat, criticism or pressure on the ROK to abandon its self-defense would be unreasonable and inappropriate," the official said.

The spokesperson also said that the US stands by its "ironclad commitment" to the defense of allies, and will "continue to develop a comprehensive set of alliance capabilities to counter the growing North Korean ballistic missile threat".

Asked if the US has any plans to talk to China about the issue, the official said, "We remain in contact with the Chinese at the highest levels." It was the first time that the US has officially denounced China's reprisal measures against THAAD's deployment. That shows the administration of President Donald Trump has been taking a tougher stance on Beijing than the previous Barack Obama administration.

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