United States to Deploy Four Additional THAAD Systems in South Korea

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The South Korean newswire service Yonhap reported Wednesday that Seoul's Ministry of National Defense confirmed the installation of four more launchers while stressing "the urgency of mobilizing the assets, now stored at a USFK compound in the country, amid growing threats from the unpredictable neighbor".

South Korea's defense ministry said the four remaining batteries of the THAAD system would be deployed on a golf course in the south of the country today.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged Russian Federation to back stronger sanctions on the North, including an oil cutoff, but Putin anxious that such moves would hurt North Korea's people, said Yoon Young-chan, Moon's chief press secretary.

Mr Moon said the leaders agreed that reducing regional tension and "quickly solving" the security challenges posed by North Korea's nuclear and missile programme were critical. The protesters said the deployment will begin at 2 a.m. Thursday, but the Defense Ministry refused to confirm the time.

They will be located at the US base in South Korea.

Speaking after the talks with the visiting South Korean president, Putin in televised remarks urged North Korea's neighbors to support the Russian-Chinese roadmap.

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The leaders of Russian Federation and South Korea have condemned North Korea over its latest nuclear test, but still appear far apart on the issue of stepping up sanctions against Pyongyang.

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

"It is clear that it is impossible to solve the problems of the Korean peninsula by sanctions and pressure alone", Putin said at the economic forum in Vladivostok, following talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-In.

They agreed that it is important for the United States to deploy high-profile assets, such as bombers and aircraft carriers, more often to Korea, according to Song's office.

South Korea's navy held major live-fire drills on Tuesday to warn the North against any provocations at sea, it said, two days after Pyongyang's biggest nuclear test to date. Washington rejects the proposal; Putin insisted it "offers a genuine way to defuse the tensions and a step-by-step settlement".