South Korea Bolsters Missile Shield as Fears Rise of ICBM Launch

In addition, US President Donald Trump, along with the South Korean Prime Minister, Moon and the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, are working towards an oil embargo against the North - a move outrightly opposed by China and Russian Federation.

President Moon Jae-in's emphasis on the "tentative" nature of the deployment of US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense makes it seem as if it could be stopped at any moment, a representative of the Liberty Korea Party (LKP), the country's second-largest party, said Saturday.

South Korea is said to be watching North Korea closely for signs of provocations amid fears of a missile launch on its founding anniversary.

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

North Korea broke from its pattern of lofted launches last month when it fired a powerful new intermediate range missile, the Hwasong-12, over northern Japan.

The United States wants the U.N. Security Council to impose an oil embargo on North Korea, ban its exports of textiles and the hiring of North Korean laborers overseas, and to subject leader Kim Jong Un to an asset freeze and travel ban, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis told his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera today that America would help Japan enhance its ballistic missile defence capabilities following the biggest nuclear weapons test by North Korea, the Pentagon said. "We ultimately need talks with North Korea, but it is not the time right now to speak of a dialogue with North Korea".

The launchers were transported by U.S. Forces Korea vehicles to Seongju County under the cover of darkness early morning Thursday.

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South Koreans are now considerably less concerned about war compared with June 2007, according to a Gallup Korea survey.

China's Foreign Ministry demanded Thursday that the Thaad system must be removed immediately.

Abe later met Putin at the Vladivostok conference and said they both agreed that North Korea's nuclear test was a serious threat to regional peace and a challenge to global nuclear non-proliferation regime.

She said people were dumbfounded as the Moon government now emphasized the need for THAAD in South Korea, expecting heightened military tensions in Northeast Asia with the installation of the USA anti-missile system irrelevant to the protection from the DPRK's nuclear and missile threats.

"Villagers and people coming to the village from across the country to block THAAD deployment protested for 18 hours on the road, but the village was completely devastated", they said in a statement.

Thursday's installation of the four launchers completed the deployment of a Thaad battery.

State-run media in China condemned the deployment.

"The battery will be operational as soon as the U.S. finishes its internal procedures", Ministry spokesperson Moon Sang-gyun said at a press conference, reported Yonhap news agency.

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