Thursday, 21 September, 2017

South Korea: US missile defense system to be fully installed Thursday

Vladimir Putin speaks during his news conference in Xiamen Fujian province China on Tuesday Sept. 5 2017. Putin has called for talks with North Korea warning against Putin warns of 'global catastrophe' in N.Korea impasse
Christy Curtis | 11 September, 2017, 00:43

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

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang warned this week that further THAAD deployment "can only severely damage the strategic security balance in the region", harm the strategic interests of other countries such as China and cause further antagonism on the Korean Peninsula.

"The government had no choice but to deploy THAAD for national security purposes and to protect people from North Korea's nuclear and missile advancements and its provocations".

Washington removed all tactical nuclear weapons from South Korea in September 1991, when both countries jointly declared their vision for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

"Regarding the North's nuclear test and missile launches, the leaders of the two countries noted it was time to increase pressure on the North rather than engage the country in dialogue under the current conditions where the global community's condemnation and pressure against the North continue to intensify", Moon's chief press secretary Yoon Young-chan said earlier.

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

They have raised worries over rumored health hazards linked to the system's powerful radar and the possibility that the town will become a target of North Korean attacks.

South Korean officials say THAAD will strengthen the country's missile defenses, which now rely on Patriot-based systems, and will deter North Korea, which has missiles that can be fired from road-mobile launchers or submarines.

"China holds the key, the oil to North Korea flows from China".

"It is impossible to intimidate them", said the Russian leader.

Speaking at an economic forum in the Russian Pacific port of Vladivostok, Moon said those leaders need to discuss proposed new sanctions on North Korea, which he said were meant to achieve a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

The demand contradicted the stance of their host, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has dismissed sanctions as a solution.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who during his presidential campaign vowed to review the deployment, halted the installation of the remaining four launchers in June pending an environmental review.

But he said he believed North Korea's leadership feared any freeze of its nuclear program would be followed by what amounted to "an invitation to the cemetery".

"It is imperative that we stop the supply of oil to North Korea, and Russian Federation should actively cooperate". Ahead of his meeting with Abe, Moon said that the North's continuing weapons tests have created a "serious and urgent threat unseen before". Summing up, Vladimir Putin thanked all the contributors who provided tremendous financial support in the development of the far Eastern Federal district.

"We should not give in to emotions and push Pyongyang into a corner", Putin said in a news conference after meeting with Moon.

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

Today in Vladivostok, on island Russian, is the second day of the Third Eastern economic forum.

"We see the administration's desire to defuse this situation", Putin said alongside Moon and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a forum in Vladivistok.

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