China warns US, South Korea will ‘pay the price’ if THAAD is deployed
SEOUL, South Korea — The United States and South Korea will “pay the price” if they deploy an advanced U.S. anti-missile battery on the divided peninsula, China’s official media warned.
The statement was published Saturday, a day after the two allies announced the selection of an 18-hole golf course in the mountains above a southeastern farming region as the new site for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system.
Washington and Seoul insist the THAAD is needed solely as a defensive measure against a growing nuclear and missile threat from North Korea. Beijing fears the system’s powerful radar could jeopardize its own military.
The Reuters news agency reported that the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily called the THAAD a serious threat to the region’s geopolitical balance.
“If the United States and South Korea harm the strategic security interests of countries in the region, including China, then they are destined to pay the price for this and receive a proper counterattack,” the newspaper said in a commentary.
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