Kuwait- Seoul condemns Pyongyang's criticism of defense system deployment
(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) TOKYO, Aug 4 (KUNA) -- South Korea on Thursday lashed out at North Korea for criticizing Seoul's move to deploy an advanced US missile defense system, Yonhap News Agency reported.
The Unification Ministry was quoted as saying that North Korea should be blamed for posing a threat to peace and security on the Korean Peninsula.
"The government's decision to station a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery here was made to counter North Korea's evolving nuclear and missile threats as a self-defense measure to defend people's lives and national security," the ministry said.
North Korea's committee handling inter-Korean affairs said Wednesday that if the THAAD system is deployed in South Korea, the country will become the stage for nuclear confrontation by regional powers.
The North has ceaselessly developed its nuclear and missile programs by launching more than 30 ballistic missiles so far this year.
On Wednesday, North Korea fired off two mid-range ballistic missiles with one of them presumed to have landed in waters controlled by Japan. "North Korea should realize that its slander and sophistry cannot justify its nuclear development and drive a wedge among South Koreans," the ministry added. (end) mk.gta
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