Russia says it will react to US missile expansion in South Korea

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 will need to react to the expansion of a US anti-missile defence system in , its Deputy Foreign Minister has said. 

“It inevitably will raise the question about our reaction, about our military balances,” Sergei Ryabkov 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 tested a hydrogen bomb over the weekend.

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The anti-missile system has already created diplomatic tensions between South Korea and , as Beijing believes its radar could be used to monitor its activities.

Russia and China – old rivals who appear to have found common ground on the North Korean issue – have criticised America’s militarisation of the Korean Peninsula.

Relations between Moscow and Washington broke down further last week when ‘s administration forced Russia to close its  and scale back its diplomatic presence in Washington and New York.

In response to the nuclear test, South Korea also completed , simulating an attack on the North’s main nuclear test site.

North Korea has repeatedly defied United Nations (UN) sanctions by developing nuclear weapons and testing missile systems. 

In August, the isolated communist state sent an  that landed in the Pacific Ocean. It also threatened to attack the US territory of , a small Pacific island used as an American military base.

The US has warned that any threats to itself, it’s territories or its allies will be met with a “massive military response”.

US: North Korea could be met with ‘massive military response’

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 it’s long-range missile launches in July. The sanctions focused on North Korean exports of coal, iron, lead and seafood.

Officials have said the UN could next consider banning textile exports from the North and stop supplying oil to the government and military. 

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North Koreans could also be prevented from working abroad and senior officials could be banned from travelling.

US President Donald Trump has threatened to stop all trade with countries doing business with the North, a veiled warning to China.

But Geng Shuang, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, told reporters at a briefing in Beijing this week, that such measures would be “neither objective nor fair”.

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