Mattis, South Korean Counterpart Confer on North Korean Nuke Test

Marlene Weaver
September 7, 2017

Local residents clash with police as they protest the deployment of the THAAD U.S. missile defense system in Seongju, some 300 kilometers south of Seoul, on September 7, 2017.

"If all this begins to unfold at such alarming rates, then inevitably, then at some moment, the question will probably arise as to our response in military terms of creating some counterbalances", the senior diplomat noted.

South Korea says the USA military will begin adding more launchers to a contentious high-tech US missile defense system in South Korea on Thursday to better cope with North Korean threats.

THAAD is created to intercept ballistic missiles.

Putin said during a news conference in China on Tuesday that it was important that all parties including North Korea not face "threats of annihilation" and "step on the path of cooperation".

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

Earlier in the day, Seoul announced the deployment of four additional US THAAD missile systems in North Gyeongsang Province following the recent nuclear test by Pyongyang.

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.

Soon after Pyongyang launched another long-range missile July 28, South Korea President Moon Jae-in ordered the temporary deployment of additional THAAD launchers.

It is 186 miles south of Seoul and the system monitors a possible North Korea attack.

The Ministry of Environment on Monday cleared the way for the US military to complete the deployment, announcing that its summary study found no safety problems.

President Donald Trump has spoken with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the latest provocation by North Korea. Components of the Thaad battery arrived at the USA military's Osan Air Base on March 7 and a radar system and two launchers were installed on a former golf course in Seongju on April 26 - less than two weeks before the May 9 presidential election that brought Moon Jae-in to power.

China and Russian Federation have repeatedly opposed the project, saying that it is a way for the further establish its military presence in the broader region, and will only escalate tensions into risky territory.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for talks with North Korea, saying sanctions are not a solution.

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