May 9, 2018 / 11:25 AM / 2 months ago

China's Li tells South Korea's Moon to appropriately handle THAAD issue

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that he hopes Seoul will appropriately handle the issue of a U.S. THAAD missile defense system installed in South Korea, Chinese state radio said.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attends at their trilateral summit with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (not in picture) at Akasaka Palace state guest house in Tokyo, Japan May 9, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool

The two leaders were meeting in Tokyo during three-way talks also including Japan.

China has consistently opposed the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system and says that it endangers a regional security balance.

Reporting by Christian Shepherd; Editing by Robert Birsel

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