Seoul completes installation of THAAD anti-missile system

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2017

Citing "successful missile launch in North Korea", sub-base commander Yoshichika Kawahiro told RT's Ruptly video agency that the objective of the drills was to improve the operation of interceptor missiles and tactics of the Air Self-Defense Force, as well as cooperation with the US Armed Forces.

Hundreds of residents of South Korea's North Gyeongsang Province took to the streets to protest against the deployment of four additional US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile systems in the province, but the protests evolved into clashes with police, local media reported Wednesday.

The decision to deploy the THAAD system has drawn strong objections from China, which believes its radar could be used to look deeply into its territory and will upset the regional security balance. That test, along with a series of missile launches, showed Pyongyang was close to achieving its goal of developing a powerful nuclear weapon that could reach the United States.

North Korea's state media marked the nation's 69th founding anniversary on Saturday with calls for a nuclear arms build-up, in defiance of mounting global sanctions.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae In agreed during the forum to closely coordinate for new, tougher sanctions against the rogue state. This prompted South Korean President Moon Jae-in to push for even harsher sanctions, including cutting off the critical crude oil supply, but China and Russian Federation - permanent members of the U.N. Security Council - have yet to come around to that particular idea. "We ultimately need talks with North Korea, but it is not the time right now to speak of a dialogue with North Korea". Two launchers have been operational at the site since May.

It has also caused diplomatic rifts between South Korea and its neighbor China, which Seoul says imposed unofficial sanctions on it after deployment began, with Chinese tourist groups encouraged to boycott South Korea and Chinese consumers attacking Korean companies online.

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

"North Korea could be playing with us, looking like they're moving stuff around just to keep people on edge", Delury said. The Russian leader will meet with Abe later in the day. The Ministry of National Defense has stressed that the four launchers' deployment is "temporary". The ministry explained that the construction was a "temporary reinforcement" effort for equipment previously brought into the base in a surprise delivery last April, including two THAAD launchers, radar, generator trucks, and a battery control center. Moon temporarily halted the installation after taking office to conduct more environmental reviews and ease residents' concerns.

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