Moscow believes that the possible deployment of U.S. THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) interceptors could further complicate the search for a solution to the Korean peninsula's nuclear problem and may even trigger an arms race in the region.
"Another 'irritant' capable of provoking an arms race in North-East Asia and further complicating the settlement of the Korean peninsula's nuclear problem may appear in the region, which already has quite a challenging security situation," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary, published on its website.
"Comprehensive analysis of the impact to be caused by the appearance of global air defense shield elements on South Korea's soil will allow Seoul to thoroughly assess whether U.S. interceptor missiles and radars might have more negative aspects than positive ones," the ministry said.
The Russian ministry highlighted the "ongoing debates in Seoul concerning the possible placement of American THAAD missile interceptor systems in the country as American Armed Forces commanders inspect sites in a number of South Korea's provinces where THAAD batteries could be deployed."
"In this context, the prospect of further broadening the geography of the deployment of the U.S.-led global missile defense shield in other countries, including South Korean territory, is becoming quite realistic," it said.
"We cannot help but be concerned with such a scenario, bearing in mind the destructive nature of the U.S.-led global missile defense shield's impact on international security and strategic stability," the Russian ministry said.
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