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Clashes Between Residents, Police Erupt in S Korea Over THAAD Deployment

07 September 2017

The announcement came three days after North Korea claimed to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, jolting not only South Korea and the USA but also its ally China. In today's edition of Rodong Sinmun, a column titled "Reckless Sabre-rattling Precipitating Self-Destruction" threatens to "put a definite end to the USA imperialists and south Korean puppet forces' moves to ignite a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula".

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

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump seized the opportunity to chide Moon for his conciliatory attitude towards North Korea before these tests, tweeting on Sunday, "South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!"

Even before the Defense Ministry confirmed the deployment plan, China issued a strong protest Wednesday based on media speculation of the installation through Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang in Beijing.

Soon after Pyongyang launched another long-range missile July 28, South Korea President Moon Jae-in ordered the temporary deployment of additional THAAD launchers.

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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.

Mattis' warning echoed comments he made on Sunday, in which he stressed that the United States was not "looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea", before warning: "We have many options to do so".

Seoul's Defense Ministry said the three parties held a video conference early Wednesday to share intelligence on the North's sixth nuclear test and to discuss response measures.

There are now two launchers at the location, a former golf course. China has opposed deployment of THAAD, saying its powerful radar can probe deep into its territory, undermining its security.

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

Clashes Between Residents, Police Erupt in S Korea Over THAAD Deployment