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Presidents Park, Obama unlikely to discuss THAAD in June: Russel 러셀 미국국무부 차관보

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South Korea and the United States are not expected to discuss the potential deployment of an American missile defense system, also known as THAAD, to the Korean peninsula when the leaders of the two countries hold a summit in Washington in mid-June. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel laid out Washington′s position on Thursday, adding that the two sides have not even begun governmental-level consultations. Russel also downplayed recent media speculation on the issue after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said talks on THAAD were underway, during his visit to Seoul earlier this week. Russel made clear that Kerry′s remark was misinterpreted as implying that bilateral discussions had begun... and stressed that Kerry was only referring to internal discussions within the U.S. government.