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Residents protest as South Korea deploys missile defense system THAAD

Residents protest as South Korea deploys missile defense system THAAD”

President Moon Jae-in, meanwhile, pressed his case on the diplomatic front, holding separate meetings in Russia with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said on Friday the country is exploring all ways to prevent the North from developing the technology to mount nuclear warheads on missiles, Efe news reported.

"Military action would certainly be an option".

U.S. President Donald Trump has said that all options are on the table when it comes to dealing with the rogue state, and although he would prefer not to use military action, it would be a "sad day" for North Korea if he did.

A US-presented draft resolution calls for an oil embargo on North Korea, an assets freeze on Kim, a ban on textiles and an end to payments of North Korean guest workers.

A tactical nuclear weapon, which is created to be used against battlefield targets, generally travels across short ranges and carries a low-yield warhead. Putin said North Koreans would "eat grass" rather than give into outside pressure to disarm, and has called for talks to resolve the crisis.

Moon's government has been forced to harden its stance against the North after the communist state conducted several missile tests and a nuclear blast in recent weeks.

However, sanctions have so far done little to stop North Korea boosting its nuclear and missile capacity as it faces off with Trump.

"No matter how the U.S. and its puppets kick up a ruckus, our republic, which has a strong military and the most powerful Juche bombs and weapons, and whose territory has all turned into fortresses, and all its people armed to the teeth, will remain an eternal iron-clad citadel", it said.

North Korea's state media marked the nation's founding anniversary Saturday (Sep 9) with calls for a nuclear arms buildup, in defiance of mounting global sanctions.

The main opposition Liberty Korea Party has recently adopted the redeployment of US tactical arms as its official line, which it argues would help ensure the credibility of America's security guarantee for its Asian ally.

The U.S. began installing the THAAD system under South Korea's previous government.

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

The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea issued a press release Tuesday opposing withdrawing from the FTA, saying such a move could lead to "a deterioration of the relationship between the US and Korea, leading to anti-American sentiment".

Two launchers had already been deployed.

Washington removed all tactical nuclear weapons from South Korea in September 1991, when both countries jointly declared their vision for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

China is by far North Korea's biggest trading partner, accounting for 92 percent of two-way trade past year.

President Moon initially tried to appease China by delaying the THAAD deployment until after an extensive environmental study was completed, but soon reversed this decision as North Korea continued to test and improve its ballistic missile capabilities.



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