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South Korea will deploy four additional missile defense system

07 September 2017

The South Korean ministry said the extra interceptors would help the country brace for a possible crisis stemming from Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

Four more rocket launchers for a USA missile defense system were soon to be deployed here Thursday after police removed hundreds of protesters from the site.

South Korea's defense ministry said Wednesday that the US military will install the four additional THAAD launcher early Thursday morning. The protesters said the deployment will begin at 2 a.m. Thursday, but the Defense Ministry refused to confirm the time.

The ministry did not specify when the launchers would be moved onto the site.

Russian Federation and China are concerned over the deployment of these systems in the area.

Police disperse protesters outside a community center in Seongju, some 300 kilometers south of Seoul, on September 7, 2017. There are now two launchers at the location.

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Moon has rapidly changed his tune since Sunday, however, following North Korea's latest nuclear test.

"We call on all interested parties to take a closer look at this initiative which, in our view, offers a realistic way to reduce tensions and gradually approach a settlement", Putin said on Wednesday.

Ahead of the meeting with Mr Putin, he said the situation could get out of hand if North Korea's missile and nuclear tests are not stopped.

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

However, the plan - which China has also urged all parties to "seriously consider" - was previously rejected by Washington, with State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert stating last month that the USA is "allowed" to conduct exercises with its ally and "that's just not going to change".

South Korea will deploy four additional missile defense system