South Korea's Foreign Minister Park Jin says he's made it clear to his Chinese counterpart, regarding the country's position on THAAD, the U.S. anti-ballistic missile defense system.
He said there was no agreement or promise made between the two governments.
Min Suk-hyen with the details.
South Korea has made clear to China its position on THAAD, the U.S. anti-ballistic missile defense system.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Seoul's Foreign Minister Park Jin said the issue is a matter of security and that the so called "Three Noes" set by South Korea's former administration was not an agreement made between the two countries.
"On the issue of THAAD, I said that Seoul's response to North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile threatsis a means of self-defense and a matter of our security and sovereignty. Also, I made it clear that the so-called "Three Noes" is not an agreement or a promise."
The "Three Noes" is policy put in place by the Moon Jae-in administration in 2017, which says no to deploying additional THAAD anti-missile system in Korea; no to participating in the U.S.-led missile defense network; and no to taking part in the trilateral military alliance with the U.S. and Japan.
China wants the current Yoon Suk-yeol administration to keep this policy.
In a statement on Wednesday, a day after their bilateral talks, the Chinese Foreign Ministry urged South Korea to seriously consider its security concerns over THAAD, calling on the government to "appropriately" deal with the matter.
Tuesday's talks were, therefore, a chance for the two to exchange their ideas and start discussions on THAAD.
At the press briefing, Foreign Minister Park Jin also told reporters that the he and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi discussed issues of mutual interest and concern, including supply chain issues.
Park notified Wang Yi of Seoul's decision to attend a preliminary meeting of a U.S.-led chip alliance, also known as the "Chip 4,"explaining that the move is not aimed at excluding any specific country but rather to safeguard national interests.
On North Korea, Park called for China's "constructive role" in deterring the regime's provocations and convincing Pyeonyang to return to dialogue.
The two also agreed to step up cooperation, by holding a two-plus-two meeting between the country's foreign affairs and defense ministry officials within this year.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.