South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin said he had made clear to his Chinese counterpart the country’s position on THAAD, the US ballistic missile defense system.
He said there was no agreement or promise made between the two governments.
Min Suk-hyen with the details.
South Korea has made clear to China its position on THAAD, the US ballistic missile defense system.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Seoul Foreign Minister Park Jin said the issue was a security issue and that the so-called “three no’s” established by the former South Korean administration were not not an agreement between the two countries.
“On the issue of THAAD, I said that Seoul’s response to North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile threats is a means of self-defense and a matter of our security and sovereignty. In addition, I clarified that the so-called “Three No’s” is not an agreement or a promise.”
The “Three Noes” is the policy put in place by the Moon Jae-in administration in 2017, which says no to the deployment of an additional THAAD anti-missile system in Korea; no to participation in the US-led missile defense network; not participation in the trilateral military alliance with the United States and Japan.
China wants the current Yoon Suk-yeol administration to maintain this policy.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the day after their bilateral talks, the Chinese Foreign Ministry urged South Korea to seriously consider its security concerns over THAAD, calling on the government to “appropriately” handle the issue.
Tuesday’s talks were therefore an opportunity for the two men to exchange ideas and begin discussions on THAAD.
At the press conference, Foreign Minister Park Jin also told reporters that he and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi discussed issues of mutual interest and concern, including supply chain issues.
Park briefed Wang Yi on Seoul’s decision to attend a preliminary meeting of a U.S.-led chip alliance, also known as “Chip 4,” explaining that the move was not intended to rule out particular country but rather to protect national interests.
On North Korea, Park called for China’s “constructive role” to deter regime provocations and convince Pyeonyang to resume dialogue.
The pair also agreed to step up cooperation, arranging a two-plus-two meeting between the country’s foreign and defense ministry officials later this year.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.