The South Korean military has rejected China’s claim that the THAAD antimissile system would be used by the United States to monitor China.
The military authorities on Sunday issued a statement and presented their position on China’s opposition to Seoul’s deployment of the antimissile system.
The military said that if the THAAD system would be used to monitor China as Beijing claimed, the THAAD radar and launchers should be re-installed in the direction of China, which requires the United States to make a number of technical changes and meet additional regulations such as setting a no-fly zone and securing a safe distance to launch interceptor missile.
The military said that the THAHD antimissile system is aimed at intercepting North Korea’s short and mid-range ballistic missiles and it’s impossible to operate THAAD for other purposes because the United States cannot make necessary changes without consultation with and consent from South Korea.
It added that if the US Forces Korea decides to use the THAAD to monitor China, it has to secure approval from the South Korean people, which would be practically impossible.