S. Korea braces for another possible N. Korea missile test

S. Korea braces for another possible N. Korea missile test

The nuclear test, North Korea's sixth since 2006, came on the heels of its groundbreaking launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles in July that pushed it closer to proving an ability to achieve a long-cherished goal: to have a nuclear- tipped missile that could strike America.

Like China, Russia has opposed the deployment of the US' Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system in South Korea and wants to maintain the status quo on the peninsula. South Korea's Defense Ministry couldn't immediately confirm when the four launchers added on Thursday will be operationally capable. Two launchers had already been deployed.

Moon also expressed regret over clashes between protesters and police that left dozens injured Thursday when the USA military added the four launchers to the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense System in rural Seongju. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un then called the launch a "meaningful prelude" to containing the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam and called for his military to conduct more ballistic missile launches targeting the Pacific Ocean.

A THAAD battery normally consists of six launchers, but only two have been operational so far.

While the proposed triangular cooperation has strong support from the population in South Korea, a government official in a former administration in South Korea told EIR that the economic policies being adopted by Moon threaten to undermine that "peace through development" approach, as we have reported earlier here.

Seonju residents and activists have raised worries over rumored health hazards linked to the system's powerful radar and the possibility the town will become a target of North Korean attacks.

The official cast doubt on attempts to prevent North Korea from obtaining a nuclear weapon using methods employed in the past, suggesting the country's intentions are unlike those of other nations with nuclear ambitions.

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Crisis on the peninsula will not be defused by sanctions and pressure alone, he said.

They urged more efforts to pressure North Korea to abandon what they called its "current threatening and destabilizing path". "There are real differences between North Korea and the small group of nations that have these weapons". No mention was made of other retaliatory measures, such as the possible use of force. The U.S. and South Korea should "immediately stop the deployment process and withdraw relevant equipment", Geng said.

That reflects Trump's own view, expressed last week on Twitter, that "talking is not the answer" with North Korea.

The White House on Wednesday released details of calls Tuesday with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Putin is at a watershed moment where he will have to modify his North Korea strategy and go with the global community.

In the past, Pakistan has helped North Korea with nuclear weapon enrichment technologies while North Korea supplied Pakistan with missile design technologies. Trump refused to say during his news conference on Thursday whether he would accept the country as a nuclear-armed state, insisting that he would not state his negotiating parameters publicly.