US, S.Korea to discuss North Korea threat in Seoul talks

February 2, 2017 05:51

SEOUL - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he would sound out ally South Korea on efforts to grapple with North Korea's nuclear and missile programs as he arrived in Seoul on Thursday, including plans to deploy a US missile defense system there.

"I will talk to them about THAAD absolutely," Mattis told reporters shortly before landing in Seoul, referring to the plans to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea.

China has objected to THAAD, saying it will destabilize the regional security balance, leading to calls from some South Korean opposition leaders to delay or cancel it.

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