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Moon: Temporary THAAD Deployment Best Possible Measure

11 September 2017

The rollout was "temporarily" completed Thursday, a spokesman for South Korea's Defence Ministry said, adding it was necessary to counter increased threats from North Korea.

September 7, 2017 (EIRNS)-South Korean President Moon Jae-in's meeting in Vladivostok with President Putin and other Russian officials presented an extremely promising approach to South Korean-Russian cooperation in the development of the Russian Far East. Putin expressed concern that cutting off oil supplies would hurt regular North Koreans, Yoon said.

In South Korea, thousands of police officers in riot gear swarmed 400 protesters who had been occupying a road leading to the site where THAAD is installed in the rural town of Seongju.

President Donald Trump — in tweets after the North's test on Sunday — faulted South Korea for what he called its "talk of appeasement" toward the North, and didn't specifically mention that the U.S.is obligated by treaty to defend its ally in the event of war.

Like China, Russia has opposed the deployment of the US' Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system in South Korea and wants to maintain the status quo on the peninsula. This emphatically includes in that process the revival of triangular cooperation with North Korea, reviving the effort to connect Russian Federation and China with South Korea by rail through the North, as well as other economic and political means to assure North Korea of both its security and its economic development.

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Six police officers and 32 other people were injured, none seriously, in the clashes, said a fire department official in Seongju.

Seoul's Defense Ministry said Thursday it couldn't immediately confirm when the four new launchers will be operationally capable.

South Korean experts say that the launch was Pyongyang's attempt to make missiles flying over Japan an accepted norm as it seeks to test new projectiles in conditions close to operational and win more military space in a region dominated by enemies. The U.S. and South Korea should "immediately stop the deployment process and withdraw relevant equipment", Geng said.

Local residents worry about rumored health hazards related to the system's high-powered radars and the possibility of being targeted in North Korean attacks.

South Korea is closely watching North Korea over the possibility it may launch another intercontinental ballistic missile as soon as Saturday when it celebrates its founding anniversary.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for talks with North Korea, saying sanctions are not a solution.

Since then, the US has proposed a resolution at the UN that would include broad new sanctions on North Korea and freeze the assets of leader Kim Jong Un, according to a UN diplomat.

Moon showed commitment to the tripartite cooperation of the South and North Koreas and Russian Federation, and Putin strongly supported it.

Development of the Far East is a long-cherished goal of Russian Federation.

"I wouldn't read too much into the absence of an assertion to mean he would be willing to accept a nuclear North Korea", the official told reporters. The North says it detonated a hydrogen bomb in its sixth nuclear test on Sunday. "Hopefully, we're not going to have to use it on North Korea".

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Moon: Temporary THAAD Deployment Best Possible Measure