Amid heightened tension around the North Korean nuke tests, South Korea said it will station an additional four THAAD air defense systems in the country's United States military base, local media said. A number of countries have firmly condemned North Korea's test calling for retaliation. The four remaining launchers have been on standby at an unidentified US base in South Korea, pending the alliance's decision.
The Defence ministry said in a statement that some construction would be carried out to deploy the four launchers at the site in Seongju, south of Seoul.
Hours earlier, the South's Defense Minister Song Young-moo had phone talks with his American counterpart James Mattis. Further protests have been called for Thursday by activists opposed to the presence of THAAD. South Korean officials, however, appear to be lining up to play host to yet more United States military asserts, including potentially bringing nuclear arms back into the country.
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Geng says the THAAD system would aggravate tensions on the Korean Peninsula and jeopardize the strategic and security interests of China and other countries.
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.
Putin, speaking in China on Tuesday, had condemned the nuclear test as provocative, but said that Russian Federation views sanctions on North Korea as "useless and ineffective".