Protests in South Korea as nations wrestle with North missile threat

Protests in South Korea as nations wrestle with North missile threat

Protests in South Korea as nations wrestle with North missile threat

The unexpected move prompted massive protests in Seongju, the host county of the USA missile defense system, located some 300 kilometers south of Seoul.

"The president asked Russian Federation to help, noting it was imperative to at least cut off oil supplies to North Korea this time", according to Moon's spokesman Yoon Young-chan. Since North Korea's recent test launches of long-range missiles and its sixth nuclear test, the Moon administration's response seems to be focused on strengthening the military option by temporarily deploying THAAD, lifting the US and South Korea's restrictions on the weight of missile warheads and openly requesting the deployment of American strategic assets.

With tensions rising, Seoul installed the four remaining launchers of its anti-missile Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system on a former golf course early on Thursday.

A THAAD battery normally consists of six launchers capable of firing up to 48 interceptor missiles, but only two have been operational.

The placing of additional THAAD launchers will likely trigger an angry response from area residents and activists who have opposed the system.

They also say the health rumors that have spurred local concerns about the system's powerful radar component are groundless and no such issues have been reported at other THAAD sites.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says supporting a Russian-Chinese road map would help resolve the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula.

Putin called on all North Korea's neighbors to show restraint, indicating the bellicose rhetoric and the military drills are only "playing into their hands". He said it "offers a genuine way to defuse the tensions and a step-by-step settlement".

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Speaking at the recent BRICS summit in China, Putin claimed Moscow's trade with North Korea is already "practically zero". The diplomatic and security establishment in the South Korean government needs to stay balanced and take the lead by providing the United States with a roadmap for negotiations with North Korea, but it's doubtful whether they're actually doing so.

During a telephone call on the evening of September 4, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump agreed to maximize pressure on North Korea using all available methods.

The following day the Russian leader said will not allow North Korea to be armed with nuclear weapons as the EEF kicked off in the port city in eastern Russian.

Following Pyongyang's test on Sunday, Abe spoke to Putin over the phone, and reminded him of the important role Russian Federation can play as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in reigning in North Korea. Summing up, Vladimir Putin thanked all the contributors who provided tremendous financial support in the development of the far Eastern Federal district.

"We are anxious that cutting off oil exports will inflict damage on North Korea's hospitals and on ordinary people", Mr. Putin said, according to South Korea.

The decision came three days after the communist North staged its latest and possibly most powerful nuclear test so far on Sunday.

Moon and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in talks on the sidelines of the forum, said earlier they had agreed to step up pressure on North Korea, Kyodo said, as the reclusive state pushes ahead with its nuclear and missile programmes.

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