Ministry: More THAAD Launchers To Be Deployed Thursday

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Four more THAAD anti-ballistic missile launchers will be installed this week at a USA military base in South Korea, Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, citing South Korea's defence ministry.

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

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon admitted that the decision to deploy the THAAD was hard but necessary in order to "protect the lives and safety of the people in response to the sophistication of North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes", according to Yonhap agency.

"China strongly urges the United States and South Korea to pay attention to China and other regional nations' security interests and concerns, immediately halt the progress of the relevant deployment, and remove the relevant equipment", he said.

A US-presented draft resolution calls for an oil embargo on North Korea, an assets freeze on Kim, a ban on textiles and an end to payments of North Korean guest workers.

The standoff between North Korea and the US has become the most unsafe foreign crisis facing President Donald Trump as the isolated state accelerates its program to develop weapons of mass destruction.

"I can say that so far there's nothing inconsistent with the North Korean claim that this was a hydrogen bomb, but we don't have a conclusive view on it yet", the official said.

"Along with pressure on the North Korean regime to induce it to abandon provocations in the implementation of its nuclear and missile programs, it is necessary to emphasize and increase the priority of efforts to resume the political process", Lavrov said.

Mr Putin, who shared a platform with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, warned it was "impossible to scare" Pyongyang.

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The North called that test a "perfect success", and the Yonhap news agency, quoting a senior USA official on condition of anonymity, reported late Friday that Washington believed the blast was likely of a hydrogen bomb.

North Korea conducted its 5th nuclear test on September 9 past year, and then carried out a 6th a week ago, saying it was a hydrogen bomb that could be fitted onto a missile - prompting global condemnation and calls for further sanctions.

Early Wednesday, Onodera held telephone talks with US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and both agreed to step up "visible pressure" on North Korea, the ministry in Tokyo said.

Using a combination of brutal repression and market economy reforms, the dictatorship in North Korea hopes to survive following nearly three decades of economic collapse and isolation.

Earlier, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman dubbed North Korea's nuclear tests as risky provocation and said that Pyongyang has undermined the global non-proliferation efforts.

- Sanctions should be aimed at restarting dialogue. The second, three years later, was much bigger, fixed some of the problems with the first device and set the stage for a more ambitious test in 2013, which was the first ordered by Kim Jong Un.

The Korean Peninsula has been in a technical state of war since the Korean War ended in an armistice in 1953.

The China Daily proceeded to accuse the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, of being "narrow-minded and undiplomatic", for rejecting the proposal put forward by China and Russian Federation.

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