Korea to deploy new THAAD launchers just 3 days after announcement

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07 September, 2017

South Korea says the USA military will begin adding more launchers to a contentious high-tech US missile defense system in South Korea on Thursday to better cope with North Korean threats.

The missile defense system will be deployed already tomorrow on a new basis in Seongju 300 kilometers from Seoul together with the construction technique and all related materials. There are now two launchers at the location.

The defense ministry's Wednesday announcement came just two days after it vowed to install the four additional launchers, saying they would "soon be tentatively deployed through South Korea-US consultations in order to counter North Korea's advancing nuclear and missile threats".

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.

President Moon ordered officials to consult with the US on the temporary deployment of the four additional THAAD launchers, following the North's launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile on July 28th.

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The ministry also said on Monday that it would "push for the option of deploying strategic assets such as the United States carrier strike group and strategic bombers after consultation with the U.S.".

On Sunday, North Korea announced that it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb that could be loaded onto an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Mr Putin called for talks with North Korea, and warned against "military hysteria".

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. The ministry said Seoul and Washington made a decision to speed up the deployment in view of Pyongyang provocations in recent weeks including two intercontinental ballistic missile launches and its sixth nuclear test.

"To be more precise, I think it is altogether impossible", he added. Washington rejects the proposal; Putin insisted it "offers a genuine way to defuse the tensions and a step-by-step settlement".


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