S.Korea to temporarily deploy four remaining THAAD launchers - ministry

Muriel Hammond
September 7, 2017

Russian Federation may be forced to take military measures to counterbalance the deployment of the US THAAD missile defense systems to South Korea and Japan, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Monday.

Seoul's Defense Ministry said Wednesday that four launchers and construction equipment will be moved to the former golf course where the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system has been set up. There are now two launchers at the location.

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.

The ministry noted that six launchers will give the USA a full THAAD battery, meaning it will have a much better chance of detecting and shooting down missiles from the North.

President Moon ordered officials to consult with the USA on the temporary deployment of the four additional THAAD launchers, following the North's launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile on July 28th.

Russian Federation shares the concerns voiced by China on the plans to deploy the THAAD system in South Korea, he noted.

The ministry also said on Monday that it would "push for the option of deploying strategic assets such as the U.S. carrier strike group and strategic bombers after consultation with the USA".

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

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

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.

Earlier in the day, Seoul announced the deployment of four additional US THAAD missile systems in North Gyeongsang Province following the recent nuclear test by Pyongyang.

Trucks carrying THAAD equipment head to the missile defense system's deployment site in Seongju, some 300 kilometers south of Seoul, on September 7, 2017.

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