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Protests and Police Conflict Expected at THAAD Deployment

Protests and Police Conflict Expected at THAAD Deployment

The Sunday nuclear test, which Pyongyang said involved a hydrogen bomb which can be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), prompted US President Donald Trump to respond by saying that Washington was considering cutting trade with countries which do business with Pyongyang.

THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) is easily integrated into the missile defense systems of greater range and power, and all this is then fitting into the U.S. integrated missile defense system, Ryabkov explained.

Eventually, however, Mattis appeared to tone down his remarks, adding, "We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea".

Some construction would be carried out to deploy the four launchers at the site in Seongju, south of Seoul, the defence ministry said in a statement.

NATO ambassadors said after talks in Brussels on Wednesday that "it is now imperative that all nations implement more thoroughly and transparently existing U.N. sanctions" against the North.

South Koreans have taken to the streets in recent months to protest the missile defense system, anxious by the escalation of the current crisis on the Korean peninsula.

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Leftist South Korean president Moon Jae-in opposed the further implementation of the THAAD system without further government inspection of, among other priorities, the environmental effect of installing it as a candidate.

The 10-hour show of force mission, which was overseen by U.S. Pacific Command, involved two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers out of Guam, four U.S. Marine F-35Bs, two F-15Js, and four South Korean F-15Ks.

China and Russian Federation have repeatedly opposed the project, saying that it is a way for the U.S.to further establish its military presence in the broader region, and will only escalate tensions into risky territory.

The announcement came three days after North Korea claimed to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, jolting not only South Korea and the US but also its ally China.

The system has a radar that can see deep into Chinese territory.

While Putin reiterated Moscow's opposition to new sanctions against North Korea, he told reporters he had assured South Korean President Moon Jae-in that Moscow condemns North Korea's nuclear test and thinks it "flagrantly violates" global law.


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