The first elements of the THAAD system arrived at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul, earlier this month.
The Chinese Defense Ministry has reiterated its opposition to the deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system in South Korea, Ministry of National Defense spokesperson Wu Qian said at a regular press conference on Thursday.
Wu said the Chinese military is opposed to the deployment of the system, and it is “absolutely not just saying it.” Wu made this remark when asked for his comments on the latest developments in the deployment of THAAD.
The deployment of THAAD will definitely not make the Republic of Korea any safer, Wu added.
THAAD is a U.S. Army anti-ballistic missile system which is designed to counter short, medium and intermediate range ballistic missiles. The South Korean military decided to deploy the system in the country to counter what it claimed to be threats from the DPRK.
The first elements of the THAAD system arrived at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul, earlier this month, launching the deployment process. Two mobile launchers of the US missile shield and other equipment were also transported to the base, according to Yonhap News Agency.