After months of negotiations, the two governments said they are in the final stages of the talks to deploy Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in South Korea.
According to South Korean officials, the deployment is merely a defensive act against North Korean against North Korean ballistic missile threats and is not directed against third parties, in this case China.
Despite the above-mentioned, China and Russia objected within hours of the announcement.
China described the deployment as “damaging China’s strategic and security interests.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry reacted by saying that it “negatively impact global strategic stability.”