Wang: THAAD Causes Harm to Seoul-Beijing Trust

Write : 2016-07-25 08:50:22 Update : 2016-07-25 16:56:49

Wang: THAAD Causes Harm to Seoul-Beijing Trust

Anchor: South Korea’s Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of an annual ASEAN event in Laos on Sunday. During the meeting that lasted for about an hour, Beijing's top diplomat expressed his strong regret over the South Korea-U.S. alliance’s decision to deploy a U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense(THAAD) battery in South Korea. 
Our Kim Bum-soo reports. 
Report: South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi are in Laos to attend a series of meetings led by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN). 

They held a one-hour meeting at a hotel in Vientiane Sunday night on the sidelines.

[Sound bite: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (Chinese)]
"I will hear what Minister Yun has to say. In particular, I will hear about what kind of practical actions South Korea will take to protect the unwavering relations between us."

Before the talks, Wang said he wants to hear from his counterpart what plans Seoul has to safeguard the ties. 

It was the first high-level government contact between South Korea and China after Seoul and Washington announced their joint decision to deploy the THAAD battery on the Korean Peninsula.

[Sound bite: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (Chinese)]
“The recent behavior by South Korea has caused harm to the mutual trust between the two countries. It is very regrettable.”
Seoul's foreign minister stressed that the bilateral relations should not be affected by a particular issue.

[Sound bite: South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se (Korean)]
“As the relations between the two countries are getting closer, they may face various challenges. Those challenges, however, are not insurmountable as we have established deep-rooted relations.”  
Yun reiterated that THAAD is a self-defense measure and will not be aimed at a third country, making it once again clear that North Korean nuclear and missile programs are first to blame.

Regarding the North Korean nuclear issue, a South Korean Foreign Ministry official said that, during the talks, Wang reaffirmed Beijing’s commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Wang also clarified that Beijing will thoroughly implement sanctions on the North in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2270.

Amid strained Seoul-Beijing ties, Wang arrived in Laos on Sunday on the same plane as North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho. They are also staying at the same hotel during the ASEAN gathering.
Kim Bum-soo, KBS World Radio News. 

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