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S. Korea not mulling any more THAAD deployments: foreign minister

All Headlines 14:28 October 30, 2017

SEOUL, Oct. 30 (Yonhap) -- Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told lawmakers Monday South Korea is not considering any additional deployment of a U.S. missile defense system called THAAD.

She also reiterated that the country won't participate in the U.S.-led missile defense (MD) networks.

"We are not considering any additional THAAD deployment," Kang told a parliamentary audit of the foreign ministry in Seoul.

The U.S. military has installed a THAAD battery that includes six missile launchers in the southeastern town of Seongju.

The move came despite strong protest from China which suspects it is part of the U.S.-led MD and claims it would hurt its strategic security interest.

Kang reiterated that the THAAD battery is aimed at defending South Korea and the U.S. troops stationed here against the missile threats from the North.

"Let me be clear on this. As explained on many occasions before, the THAAD system is a self-defense measure that has nothing to do with the MD," the minister said.

Meanwhile, asked whether U.S. President Donald Trump is to tour the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas when he visits here early next month, Kang declined to elaborate, only to say that "all options" are on the table.

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