05 June 2017

News Story: S. Korean, U.S. defense chiefs reach 'understanding' on THAAD

By Lee Chi-dong

SINGAPORE, June 3 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo on Saturday assured his American counterpart Jim Mattis that Seoul is not seeking to reverse the existing deal on the deployment of THAAD.

In their bilateral talks here, Han said he explained a massive controversy in his country over the alleged lack of transparency in the process of the U.S. missile defense system being brought into the peninsula.

The minister stressed that it's "entirely about a domestic measure" and South Korea's new government is not trying to change the THAAD decision itself and send any "different message" to Washington.

In response, the Pentagon chief expressed the position that he "understands and trusts" that, according to Han who spoke with reporters shortly after the meeting held on the sideline of the Shangri-La Dialogue.

Han told Mattis that Seoul will resolve the problem based on the "alliance spirit."

Mattis did not speak separately to media.

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