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South Korea will deploy four additional missile defense system
07 September 2017, 01:56 | Virginia Benson
Protests and Police Conflict Expected at THAAD Deployment
The ministry said Seoul and Washington made a decision to speed up the deployment in view of Pyongyang provocations in recent weeks including two intercontinental ballistic missile launches and its sixth nuclear test.
Seoul's Defense Ministry said Wednesday that four launchers and construction equipment will be moved to the former golf course where the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system has been set up.
On Sunday, North Korea carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in further defiance against global pressure over its nuclear and missile programs.
Although the ministry did not provide an exact time for the installation, a residents' group cited by Yonhap said it had confirmed the plan "through various channels", adding that it was due to take place at 2am local time on Thursday.
The ministry noted that six launchers will give the USA a full THAAD battery, meaning it will have a much better chance of detecting and shooting down missiles from the North.
Police disperse protesters outside a community center in Seongju, some 300 kilometers south of Seoul, on September 7, 2017. The camp already has two operational launchers.
The leaders of Russian Federation and South Korea have condemned North Korea over its latest nuclear test, but still appear far apart on the issue of stepping up sanctions against Pyongyang.
In a telephone conversation with Mr Putin on Monday, he urged Russia's support for stronger sanctions against North Korea, such as cutting off oil supplies and banning the use of exported North Korean workers who are seen as a key foreign currency source for Pyongyang.
Trump also discussed North Korea's purported hydrogen bomb test with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Russian Federation and China have proposed a "double-freeze" plan which would see Pyongyang suspend its nuclear and ballistic missile tests in exchange for a halt in joint US-South Korea military drills. He said it "offers a genuine way to defuse the tensions and a step-by-step settlement".
North Korea Launches Three Short-Range Missiles
South Korean President Moon Jae-in did not participate in the meeting and his office didn't immediately provide further details. The command had said earlier that the first and third missiles, fired early on Saturday, had "failed in flight".
BRICS Summit in Xiamen
Though China has said that terrorism will not be on the agenda, however, going by past precedence, PM Modi may bring up the issue. Apart from this Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will also visit Myanmar from September 5-7.
US Missile Defense Test Hits and a Miss
The previous test in June involved the John Paul Jones firing SM-3 missiles at a ballistic target, and was not successful. Navy ship intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile in a test off Hawaii on Monday, according to the U.S.