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A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test, in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency. U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency/Handout via Reuters/File Photo

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BEIJING (Reuters) - South Korea's decision to deploy an advanced U.S. THAAD anti-missile defence system does not threaten China's security, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday at the end of a visit to China by U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

"It is purely a defensive measure. It is not aimed at any other party other than North Korea and the threat it poses and this defensive weapons system is neither designed nor capable of threatening China's security interests," the official told reporters on a conference call on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Writing by Sue-Lin Wong; editing by Robert Birsel)

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