China's Ambassador to the United Nations Liu Jieyi speaks at a news conference at U.N. Headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S. July 31, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
UNITED NATIONS - 5 August 2017: China on Saturday called for a halt to the deployment of the THAAD U.S. anti-missile defense system in South Korea and for relevant equipment to be dismantled, China's U.N. Ambassador Liu Jieyi told the U.N. Security Council.
"The deployment of the THAAD system will not bring a solution to the issue of (North Korea's) nuclear testing and missile launches," Liu told the council after it imposed new sanctions on North Korea over two long-range missile launches.
He also urged North Korea to "cease taking actions that might further escalate tensions."