Clashes Between Residents, Police Erupt in S Korea Over THAAD Deployment

Sep 07, 2017, 01:59
Clashes Between Residents, Police Erupt in S Korea Over THAAD Deployment

On Monday, the South's military launched a volley of ballistic missiles simulating an attack on the North's nuclear test site.

The US Forces Korea will reportedly position the launchers at a new base in Seongju, some 300 kilometres south of Seoul, on Thursday.

South Korea's defense ministry said the four remaining batteries of the THAAD system would be deployed on a golf course in the south of the country today.

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The ministry said additional launchers, based on consultations between Korea and the United States, will be moved to the base along with the construction materials. The police tried to disperse the protesters, but some of them attempted to entry the building, which prompted the clashes. The camp already has two operational launchers.

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

U.S. President Donald Trump seized the opportunity to chide Moon for his conciliatory attitude towards North Korea before these tests, tweeting on Sunday, "South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!"

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"There is no change in the government's position to make the final decision on whether the THAAD system will be deployed (in South Korea) after carrying out the general environmental impact assessment of the entire site thoroughly and fairly", the ministry said.

Putin made the remarks Wednesday after meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Vladivostok, Russia.

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

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Trucks carrying THAAD equipment head to the missile defense system's deployment site in Seongju, some 300 kilometers south of Seoul, on September 7, 2017. He said it "offers a genuine way to defuse the tensions and a step-by-step settlement".