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Washington hopes to wrap up anti-missile deal with South Korea

Anti-war activists hold placards during a rally against talks on deployment of the US-built Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, THAAD, outside South Korea's defence ministry in Seoul on March 4, 2016The United States wants to wrap up discussions with South Korea on the deployment of a sophisticated defense system, the Pentagon said Friday, two days after North Korea’s latest missile tests. Seoul and Washington have for weeks been in talks about deploying the advanced US THAAD missile system in South Korea to protect against the potential threat from Pyongyang — a move vehemently opposed by China. “We would like to see these conversations, as I think the South Koreans would, wrapped up in an as efficient and timely fashion as possible,” Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said.

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