THAAD launchers set for deployment amid protests

The deployment decision was made by President Moon Jae-in in the face of growing tension sparked by North Korea, which conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sunday.

Four more THAAD anti-ballistic missile launchers will be installed this week at a USA military base in South Korea, Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, citing South Korea's defence ministry.

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

That same month, anti-THAAD activists had a tense standoff with police in Seongju over protesters attempting to stop and inspect vehicles which they suspected could be secretly delivering supplies for the missile defense system.

Speaking after a meeting Wednesday with the president of close USA ally, South Korea, Putin urged support for a Russian-Chinese roadmap that seeks a North Korean nuclear freeze in exchange for the US and South Korea curbing military drills.

A THAAD battery normally consists of six launchers, but only two have been operational so far at the site in rural Seongju.

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In a telephone conversation with Mr Putin on Monday, he urged Russia's support for stronger sanctions against North Korea, such as cutting off oil supplies and banning the use of exported North Korean workers who are seen as a key foreign currency source for Pyongyang.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for talks with North Korea, saying sanctions are not a solution.

Even while approving the new installations-which are likely to irritate neighbors China and Russia-South Korean officials insisted the deployment was "provisional", as the environmental survey Moon demanded had not yet been completed before North Korea's alleged hydrogen bomb test this week.

"To be more precise, I think it is altogether impossible", he added.

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

  • Regina Walsh