A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor arrives at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, in this handout picture provided by the United States Forces Korea (USFK) and released by Yonhap on March 7, 2017. Picture taken on March 6, 2017. USFK/Yonhap

WASHINGTON – The United States has told China that Washington’s deployment of the anti-missile defense system THAAD in South Korea is a defensive measure against North Korean threats and does not pose a threat to China, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.

“We have been very clear in our conversations with China that this is not meant to be a threat, and is not a threat, to them or any other power in the region,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said at a news briefing. – REUTERS

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