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

All News 17:58 June 03, 2017

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 political 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.

Mattis did not speak separately to media.


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