Trump Calls Korean Leader Over THAAD Talks with China

Angela Jung, April 10, 2017, 9:29 a.m.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday called acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn to say he had explained to Chinese President Xi Jinping the U.S. position on the deployment of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery in South Korea, according to the Foreign Ministry here. In their 20-minute conversation, Trump said he emphasized the importance of the Seoul-Washington alliance and spent a lot of time during the summit discussing the Korean Peninsula.

He added he explained that the THAAD deployment is purely defensive and aimed at containing North Korean missile attacks. Trump said he and Xi "held in-depth discussions on the seriousness of North Korea's nuclear problem and how to respond to it." Hwang stressed the need to strengthen cooperation between the two allies at a time when there is a high likelihood of fresh provocations by the North.

But Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters that China repeated its opposition to the THAAD deployment. 

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