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Wang Yi: Deployment of the THAAD Missile Defense System Goes Beyond Actual Defense Need

On March 11, 2016, after holding talks in Moscow, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia together met the press, during which Wang Yi said that going far beyond the defense need of the Korean Peninsula, the US's deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system in the Republic of Korea (ROK) will cause direct damage to the strategic security interests of China and Russia, break the strategic balance of the region and spark an arms race. We understand the ROK has reasonable defense need, but we could not understand or accept any deployment that goes beyond the defense need.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed the same stance.

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