Four additional THAAD launchers to be installed in Seongju on Thursday:MND

Four additional THAAD launchers to be installed in Seongju on Thursday:MND

Four additional THAAD launchers to be installed in Seongju on Thursday:MND

The Ministry of National Defense has insisted that the stationing is simply "provisional" and "temporary", citing the need to carry out additional environmental impact assessment analyses which could take several months.

THAAD is an acronym for Terminal High Altitude Area Defence, a US-designed anti-ballistic missile defence system. Others say the system will cause Seongju to become a prime target for North Korean attacks.

Swift is scheduled to meet with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo later in the day. The police tried to disperse the protesters, but some of them attempted to entry the building, which prompted the clashes.

"China demands that the United States 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. The ministry did not specify when the launchers would be moved onto the site.

There are now two launchers at the location, a former golf course. 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.

The deployment would follow a spate of recent North Korean ballistic missile and nuclear tests, and increasingly heated rhetoric between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.

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South Korea's navy held major live-fire drills on Tuesday to warn the North against any provocations at sea, it said, two days after Pyongyang's biggest nuclear test to date.

A top US naval commander said Tuesday his country will keep sending formidable defense assets to the Korean Peninsula in combined deterrence and response to North Korea's "self-destructive" actions.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Wednesday that the North Korean nuclear crisis can not be resolved by sanctions alone, and urged the global community not to push Pyongyang into a corner.

"Without political and diplomatic tools, it is very hard to shift the situation" on the Korean peninsula, Putin said.

NATO ambassadors said after talks in Brussels on Wednesday that "it is now imperative that all nations implement more thoroughly and transparently existing U.N. sanctions" against the North.

Russian Federation and China are concerned over the deployment of these systems in the area. He said it "offers a genuine way to defuse the tensions and a step-by-step settlement".

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