|US Sen. Cory Gardner (Image: Wiki Commons)|
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. senator urged China on Tuesday to use the same aggressive approach to North Korea that it has used to punish South Korea for hosting a U.S. missile defense system.
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) made the comment as North Korea has fired ballistic missiles and carried out its sixth nuclear test in defiance of international sanctions.
"China has actually carried out its vindication. It's a vindictive campaign against South Korea, vindictiveness over the deployment of a missile defense system in South Korea," he said in an interview on CNN.
The senator was referring to China's economic retaliation for the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea, which it views as a threat to its security. Seoul and Washington insist it is a purely defensive measure aimed at countering North Korea's missile threats.
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