Korea to Deploy 4 Additional THAAD Launchers Thursday

On Monday, the South's military launched a volley of ballistic missiles simulating an attack on the North's nuclear test site.

Additional launchers for a controversial American antimissile system will be installed Thursday in Seongju County, North Gyeongsang, the Ministry of National Defense said Wednesday.

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.

South Korea's defense ministry said Wednesday that the US military will install the four additional THAAD launcher early Thursday morning. The police tried to disperse the protesters, but some of them attempted to entry the building, which prompted the clashes.

Ahead of the meeting with Mr Putin, he said the situation could get out of hand if North Korea's missile and nuclear tests are not stopped.

Speaking after the talks with the visiting South Korean president, Putin in televised remarks urged North Korea's neighbors to support the Russian-Chinese roadmap.


A number of countries have firmly condemned North Korea's test calling for retaliation.

They will be located at the USA base in South Korea.

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

However, at a news conference in China, Mr Putin stopped short of expressing support for more United Nations sanctions on North Korea, and said Russian Federation viewed them as "useless and ineffective".

"One shouldn't give in to emotions and drive North Korea into a corner", he continued, adding that all parties need to show composure and avoid "steps that lead to an escalation of tension".

They agreed that it is important for the U.S. to deploy high-profile assets, such as bombers and aircraft carriers, more often to Korea, according to Song's office. He said it "offers a genuine way to defuse the tensions and a step-by-step settlement".

  • Valerie Cook