US, China hash out Thaad issue

US, China hash out Thaad issue

US, China hash out Thaad issue

The Army said Gen. Mark A. Milley was due to meet Tuesday with his Chinese counterpart and other senior People's Liberation Army leaders to find ways to work on cooperation while handling differences.

Seoul-North Korea launched a ballistic missile on Wednesday that landed in or near Japanese-controlled waters for the first time, the latest in a series of launches by the isolated country in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

A spokesman for the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country said Park's argument was "preposterous" and unfounded.

Uppermost in the minds of the politburo in Beijing, he told DW, will be the planned deployment of the United States military's Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea to counter the estimated 1,000 missiles that North Korea is capable of launching.

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THAAD is a long-range theater defense system that acts as the upper tier of a two-tiered defense against ballistic missiles. It claims that the systems, specifically it powerful "X-band" radar, can be used to monitor China's airspace and its advanced radar system.

North Korea has also warned that the THAAD system will spark a retaliation. She also warned the North that all attempts to provoke and intimidate the South would be counter-productive. "I look forward to the visit", Milley said.

However, the two ally countries persistently deny these allegations and stressed that the system is purely defensive and created to cope with the military threats from North Korea.

Trade between China and North Korea rose 9% on the year in June after falling by the same margin in April, according to economic research firm CEIC, which based its estimates on Chinese customs statistics.

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Similarly, US Army Gen. Charles Jacoby, former commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), stressed the importance of deploying THAAD to protect the Korean peninsula and US interests, despite it upsetting near peers like Russian Federation and China.

"South Korea can not back down on THAAD so I believe there will be some sort of negotiated settlement that goes some way to addressing China's concerns", he said.

He said North Korea's military did not show any signs of unusual activities in response.

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