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Moscow concerned over Seoul’s plans of deployment of US missile defense systems

February 10, 8:46 UTC+3
South Korea’s Ambassador to Moscow Pak Ro-byug was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry
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MOSCOW, February 10. /TASS/. Russia’s Foreign Ministry has expressed concern over Seoul’s plans to plunge into talks with the United States on the deployment of missile defense syetems.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov expressed the concerns to South Korea’s Ambassador to Moscow Pak Ro-byug who was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

"The sides exchanged view on the situation on the Korean Peninsula and Northeastern Asia," the foreign ministry said. "The Russian side expressed concern over reports on South Korea’s decision to begin talks with the United States about placing Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) systems in its territory."

Following North Korea’s fourth test on January 6 Seoul and Washington agreed to begin talks on the deployment of mobile THAAD systems in South Korea. On February 7, North Korea launched a long-range carrier rocket with a communications satellite. Seoul, Washington and Tokyo however North Korea’s carrier rocket was a prototype of a combat intercontinental ballistic missile.

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