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MISSILE DEFENSE
S. Korea, US deploy missile defence amid China protest
by Staff Writers
Seoul (AFP) Sept 7, 2017


China makes diplomatic protest to S. Korea over missile system
Beijing (AFP) Sept 7, 2017 - China said on Thursday that it had lodged a diplomatic protest with South Korea following its announcement that it would increase deployments of a US anti-missile system in the wake of North Korea's recent nuclear test.

"We urge the Republic of Korea and the United States to take seriously the security concerns and interests of China and regional countries, halt deployment progress and withdraw all the relevant equipment," foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular press briefing.

Beijing has "lodged stern representations with the Republic of Korea," he added.

South Korea and the United States on Thursday completed the deployment of a US missile defence system to counter North Korean threats, sparking demonstrations by residents and a diplomatic protest from Beijing.

A convoy of US military trucks carrying four launchers for the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system made their way through an activists' blockade at a former golf course in the southern county of Seongju.

Some 8,000 riot police were mobilised to help the convoy get through the 400 protestors staging a sit-in. Many of the demonstrators had locked themselves into place with chains, while others had used tractors and pickup trucks as barriers.

Police shattered windows to break into the vehicles and tow them away, Yonhap news agency said. About 20 people were injured in subsequent scuffles, it added.

The system's powerful radar and two launchers had already been deployed, infuriating Beijing, which fears it could compromise its own missile capabilities. It has previously retaliated against Seoul with unofficial economic sanctions.

The installation of the rest of the battery was delayed, ostensibly on environmental grounds, by South Korea's new liberal President Moon Jae-In.

But Prime Minister Lee Nak-Yon said Thursday the THAAD deployment was a "difficult yet inevitable decision" Seoul had to make because of North Korea's growing nuclear and missile threats.

The North carried out its sixth and largest nuclear test at the weekend, which Pyongyang said was a hydrogen bomb that could be mounted on a missile. In July it launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that appeared to bring much of the US mainland within range.

Residents in the farming region of Seongju fear possible environmental and health risks from THAAD's radar, and say it could make their area a target in the event of conflict.

Beijing has imposed a tacit ban on Chinese tour groups visiting South Korea, and shut down more than 80 stores owned by the Lotte Group -- which handed the golf course THAAD site over to the government -- costing it around 500 billion won ($440 million).

Car firm Hyundai has also seen its first-half China sales plummet by 47 percent.

Beijing lodged a diplomatic protest with Seoul Thursday demanding the withdrawal of THAAD.

"Our stance on the THAAD issue has been consistent and clear," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in Beijing.

"We demanded South Korea and the United States stop relevant deployment procedures immediately... in view of the security interest and concerns of regional neighbours, including China."

US reasserts 'ironclad' commitment to defend S.Korea
Washington (AFP) Sept 6, 2017 - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has reaffirmed Washington's commitment to defend its South Korean ally, warning once more that any North Korean threat would trigger an "overwhelming" response, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

In a conversation with South Korea's Defense Minister Song Young-Moo Tuesday to address North Korea's latest and most powerful nuclear test to date, Mattis said the United States "remains ironclad in its commitment to the defense of" South Korea.

"He further emphasized that any threat to the United States, its territories, or its allies will be met with a massive, effective, and overwhelming military response," Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the White House said President Donald Trump had spoken Tuesday with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to discuss North Korea's latest nuclear test.

Trump and May agreed "that this latest reckless act only strengthens the world's determination to confront the growing North Korean threat," a White House read-out stated.

"President Trump reiterated that now is not the time to talk to North Korea, and made clear that all options remain open to defend the United States and its allies against North Korean aggression," the statement added.

The White House said it was working to increase diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea.

Washington's tough-talking ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, is expected to unveil yet another new UN sanctions package targeting Kim Jong-Un's regime this week.

In the call to Turnbull, Trump "reaffirmed his commitment to defending the homeland, territories, and allies of the United States, using all available diplomatic and military capabilities."

Mattis's warning echoed comments he made Sunday, in which he stressed the United States was not "looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea," before warning: "We have many options to do so."

MISSILE DEFENSE
S.Korea, US to deploy more anti-missile defences: Seoul
Seoul (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
South Korea and the United States will deploy more of the anti-missile defences hated by China in response to Sunday's nuclear test by North Korea, Seoul's defence ministry said Monday. Two launchers of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system are already operational, but public concern about the possible environmental impact of the US system forced Seoul to suspend the install ... read more

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