Moon Says This Is No Time for Talks with N.Korea

South Korea said on Monday it will temporarily deploy four remaining launchers for a U.S. THAAD missile defence system after the completion of an environmental assessment by the government. The protesters said the deployment will begin at 2 a.m. Thursday, but the Defense Ministry refused to confirm the time.

Defense chiefs of Seoul and Washington agreed on Tuesday to strengthen the regular deployment of United States strategic military assets in response to North Korea's latest nuclear test.

Mattis' warning echoed comments he made on Sunday, in which he stressed that the United States was not "looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea", before warning: "We have many options to do so".

Even before the Defense Ministry confirmed the deployment plan, China issued a strong protest Wednesday based on media speculation of the installation through Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang in Beijing.


Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday said the US will answer any threat from the North with a "massive military response".

South Korean local residents are protesting against the US THAAD deployment missile systems.

Russia, alongside China, also criticized the increase in South Korea's joint military activities with Washington as a danger to the peace and stability of the region.

A THAAD battery normally consists of six launchers, but only two have been operational so far at the site in rural Seongju.


Russian president Vladimir Putin has condemned North Korea's latest nuclear test as "provocative".

The White House says both leaders "underscored the grave threat that North Korea's latest provocation poses to the entire world" and agreed "to maximize pressure on North Korea using all means at their disposal".

"Without political and diplomatic tools, it is very hard to shift the situation" on the Korean peninsula, Putin said.

THAAD is created to intercept ballistic missiles. He said it "offers a genuine way to defuse the tensions and a step-by-step settlement".



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