02 August 2017

News Story: China reportedly calls in S. Korean envoy in protest over THAAD deployment

SEOUL, Aug. 1 (Yonhap) -- China's foreign ministry recently called in South Korea's ambassador to Beijing in protest of Seoul's decision to deploy more interceptor missile launchers of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, a local newspaper reported Tuesday.

Kong Xuanyou, assistant minister at the Chinese foreign ministry, brought in Ambassador Kim Jang-soo on Saturday, right after President Moon Jae-in ordered the deployment of an additional four THAAD launchers in response to North Korea's latest missile provocation, the JoongAng Ilbo reported, citing multiple diplomatic sources.

China also demanded the Seoul government stop the THAAD deployment immediately and withdraw all related equipment, the newspaper reported.

Huh Seung-jae, an official in charge of relations with China at Seoul's foreign ministry, declined to comment on the report.

Read the full story at YonhapNews