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

North Korea crisis: US and South Korea to 'maximise pressure' on Pyongyang as Trump approves multi-billion dollar weapons deal

South Korea said on Monday it will temporarily deploy four remaining launchers for a U.S. THAAD missile defence system after the completion of an environmental assessment by the government.

Additional launchers for a controversial American antimissile system will be installed Thursday in Seongju County, North Gyeongsang, the Ministry of National Defense said Wednesday.

The placing of additional THAAD launchers will likely trigger an angry response from area residents and activists who have opposed the system.

Many residents have expressed concerns that THAAD - which is created to shoot down short- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles - will cause environmental and health problems for locals, due to its emission of electromagnetic waves.

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. He said it "offers a genuine way to defuse the tensions and a step-by-step settlement".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged Russian Federation to back stronger sanctions on the North, including an oil cutoff, but Putin anxious that such moves would hurt North Korea's people, said Yoon Young-chan, Moon's chief press secretary.

A number of countries have firmly condemned North Korea's test calling for retaliation.

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

"China demands that the United States and the ROK respect the security interests and concerns of China and other regional countries, with an immediate stop to the deployment process and removal of the equipment", the spokesperson said, referring to the Republic of Korea (ROK), the official name for South Korea.

The leaders of South Korea and Japan are holding talks with Putin in Vladivostok on the sidelines of a conference on economic development of Russia's Far East.

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". The North says it detonated a hydrogen bomb in its sixth nuclear test on Sunday. He told reporters before his departure from Japan that "We must make North Korea understand there is no bright future for the country if it pursues the current path".

Abe will meet Putin on Thursday.

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