S. Korea president says THAAD deployment inevitable but temporary

S. Korea president says THAAD deployment inevitable but temporary

S. Korea president says THAAD deployment inevitable but temporary

The country tested its developmental Hwasong-14 ICBMs twice in July and analysts said the flight data from the launches indicate the missiles could cover a broad area of the continental USA, including major cities such as Los Angeles and Chicago, when perfected.

Pressure from Washington has ratcheted up since North Korea conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on Sunday.

The United States wants the U.N. Security Council to impose an oil embargo on North Korea, ban its exports of textiles and the hiring of North Korean laborers overseas, and to subject leader Kim Jong Un to an asset freeze and travel ban, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

The rogue nation is known for marking holidays with dramatic shows of force such as nuclear tests and missile launches.

Seoul had downplayed the need to rush the deployment when current President Moon Jae-in took office in May, at a time when he was appealing to North Korea with unsuccessful offers of dialogue and cooperation. While North Korea claimed to possess a hydrogen bomb a year ago, seismologists refuted the claim, suggesting that the subsequent natural disaster from that nuclear test was too small to have been the product of a pure fusion weapon.

A "normal" angle refers to a test with a missile trajectory that simulates an attack with a specific target, such as the USA territory of Guam, as opposed to a test in a controlled environment within North Korea.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says he believes President Donald Trump's administration is willing to defuse tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea broke from its pattern of lofted launches last month when it fired a powerful new intermediate range missile, the Hwasong-12, over northern Japan.

A source said the North's threat has provoked Trump, while another source said Trump is also considering a "shoot down" order against North Korean missiles heading to its allies, such as South Korea and Japan.

Kim Jong-hee, a woman from Gimcheon city that borders the Seongju county, said she cast her vote for President Moon in the May 9 election, for which she felt an impulse to cut out her hand as numerous elderly at the village did due to their votes for Moon's predecessor Park Geun-hye who made a decision to deploy the USA missile shield. Putin and Abe are set to meet later Thursday. But all of a sudden, they are enthusiastically inciting the Chinese people to oppose the Thaad installation. Mocking and blackmailing Korea is not worthy of a great nation like China.

A THAAD battery normally consists of six launchers that can fire up to 48 interceptor missiles, but only two launchers been operational at the site, on a former golf course.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry summoned Korea's Ambassador to China Kim Jang-soo and "demanded South Korea and the United States stop relevant deployment procedures immediately", a ministry spokesman told reporters. South Korea and the United States are technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

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