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United States to Deploy Four Additional THAAD Systems in South Korea

07 September 2017

The ministry said on Wednesday that it made the decision together with the USA, adding the four launchers will be deployed with US construction equipment and resources to augment the THAAD site in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged Russian Federation to back stronger sanctions on the North, including an oil cutoff, but Putin anxious that such moves would hurt North Korea's people, said Yoon Young-chan, Moon's chief press secretary. The protesters said the deployment will begin at 2 a.m. Thursday, but the Defense Ministry refused to confirm the time.

Mr Moon said the leaders agreed that reducing regional tension and "quickly solving" the security challenges posed by North Korea's nuclear and missile programme were critical.

Putin, speaking in China on Tuesday, had condemned the nuclear test as provocative, but said that Russian Federation views sanctions on North Korea as "useless and ineffective".

Russian President Vladimir Putin says supporting a Russian-Chinese road map would help resolve the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula. Now, the missile defense system reliably closes the sky above South Korea. "We can not accept THAAD under any conditions".

"China demands that the USA and South Korea respect the security interests and concerns of China and other regional countries, with an immediate stop to the deployment process and removal of the equipment", he said.

Thousands of police will likely be deployed on Thursday to prevent additional clashes at the site, according to Yonhap.

The United States assured South Korea and Japan on Wednesday of full extended deterrence, based on both its conventional and nuclear arsenal, against North Korea.

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The U.S. Forces Korea brought in key equipment of the THAAD battery, including two launchers, to Seongju on April 26th.

While North Korea claimed to possess a hydrogen bomb previous year, seismologists refuted the claim, suggesting that the subsequent natural disaster from that nuclear test was too small to have been the product of a pure fusion weapon. But after North Korea fired intercontinental ballistic missiles in July, Moon ordered aides to start discussions with the USA on deploying four additional mobile Thaad launchers.

In a flurry of phone calls with world leaders, President Donald Trump took a tough line against negotiating with North Korea as the communist country's latest nuclear test exposed stark differences among worldwide leaders for containing the threat.

In a telephone conversation with Mr Putin on Monday, he urged Russia's support for stronger sanctions against North Korea, such as cutting off oil supplies and banning the use of exported North Korean workers who are seen as a key foreign currency source for Pyongyang.

Putin made the remarks Wednesday after meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Vladivostok, Russia.

"To be more precise, I think it is altogether impossible", he added.

"What is going on directly near our borders in terms of boosting the potential of a missile defense system, and this concerns both South Korea and Japan, we will resort to our possibilities of developing military potential in this area", Ryabkov cautioned. Washington rejects the proposal; Putin insisted it "offers a genuine way to defuse the tensions and a step-by-step settlement".

However, the plan - which China has also urged all parties to "seriously consider" - was previously rejected by Washington, with State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert stating last month that the U.S. is "allowed" to conduct exercises with its ally and "that's just not going to change".

United States to Deploy Four Additional THAAD Systems in South Korea