Russia Says It Will Be Forced to React to US Missile Expansion in South Korea
Russia will need to react to the expansion of a US anti-missile defence system in South Korea, Sergei Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Minister, said.
"It inevitably will raise the question about our reaction, about our military balances", he told reporters at a summit in China.
His comments followed Seoul's announcement that it was strengthening its US-made Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system (THAAD), after North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb over the weekend.
Meanwhile, the anti-missile system has already created diplomatic tensions between South Korea and China, as Beijing believes its radar could be used to monitor its activities. Political analysts pointed out Russia and China have found common ground on the North Korean issue – have criticised America's militarization of the Korean Peninsula.
It is important to recall that North Korea has repeatedly defied United Nations (UN) sanctions by developing nuclear weapons and testing missile systems. North Korea has been under UN sanctions since 2006 for its nuclear and ballistic missiles programmes. The UN Security Council last month unanimously imposed new sanctions on the North over two of its long-range missile launches in July. The sanctions focused on North Korean exports of coal, iron, lead and seafood.