21 June 2017

News Story: S. Korea, China agree to maintain close communication on THAAD

BEIJING/SEOUL, June 20 (Yonhap) -- Senior officials from Seoul and Beijing agreed on Tuesday to have frequent and close communications on the controversial deployment of a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea, Seoul's foreign ministry said.

The agreement was reached during a high-level strategic dialogue in Beijing between Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam and his Chinese counterpart Zhang Yesui, according to the ministry.

"The two sides exchanged their views on the THAAD deployment issue and shared the need to maintain frequent and close communications," the ministry said in a press release.

The meeting marked the first of its kind in 16 months, providing a chance to mend fences following months of diplomatic friction.

Their ties have been frayed since Seoul's decision in July last year to allow for the deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense battery on its soil.

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