China Grudgingly Accepts U.S. Missile Shield Deployment to South Korea

WASHINGTON TIMES — China’s top diplomat said Thursday Beijing has “legitimate national security” concerns over a possible deployment of an advanced U.S. missile shield to South Korea in response to growing nuclear provocations from North Korea — but Chinese leaders also respect that it will be up to Seoul to “make a final decision” on the matter.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the comments in Washington on Thursday a day after he and Secretary of State John F. Kerry reached an agreement on a U.N. Security Council resolution to expand international sanctions against North Korea in response to its recent nuclear test.

It was unclear whether Beijing, Pyongyang’s main economic partner and ally, had agreed to cut critical coal and other mineral imports from North Korea, but the new resolution would significantly tighten international scrutiny of all goods flowing in and out of the so-called Hermit Kingdom.

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