Protests and Police Conflict Expected at THAAD Deployment

Protests and Police Conflict Expected at THAAD Deployment

Some construction would be carried out to deploy the four launchers at the site in Seongju, south of Seoul, the defence ministry said in a statement. The weekend explosion was Pyongyang's strongest-ever nuclear test and follows launches in July of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the US mainland.

The ministry said four launchers for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) antimissile system will be placed in the Seongju base to counter the mounting North Korean nuclear and missile threats.

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 ministry did not specify when the launchers would be moved onto the site.

Two THAAD batteries have already been installed.

The United States is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea.

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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.

Trump also discussed North Korea's purported hydrogen bomb test with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

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

The South Korean government is expected to deploy several thousand police to accompany the missiles, in anticipation of resistance and possible confrontation.

The Russian leader, speaking in China on Tuesday, condemned the latest nuclear test as provocative, but said Russia views sanctions on North Korea as "useless and ineffective".

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