South Korea's Defense Ministry has made a decision to temporarily install four additional launchers of the U.S. THAAD antimissile system on Thursday, making the six-launcher battery fully operational. The protesters said the deployment will begin at 2 a.m. Thursday, but the Defense Ministry refused to confirm the time.
He also said it was "ridiculous" that the United States first slapped Russian Federation with sanctions carried in the same bill that penalised North Korea, and "then asked us to help impose sanctions on North Korea".
Two truck-mounted launchers and a powerful X-band radar are now in operation at the base.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for talks with North Korea, saying sanctions are not a solution.
"China is seriously concerned", foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular news briefing yesterday, reiterating China's opposition to the deployment of THAAD by the United States and South Korea.
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The readout was released shortly before Trump was to speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose opinion is critical for getting the U.N.to apply tighter sanctions on North Korea, including possibly restricting China's oil sales to its unpredictable neighbor.
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. Washington rejects the proposal; Putin insisted it "offers a genuine way to defuse the tensions and a step-by-step settlement".
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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 U.S. is "allowed" to conduct exercises with its ally and "that's just not going to change".