NATO wants pressure ramped up on North Korea

Posted September 07, 2017

China has once again urged the USA and South Korea to halt the deployment of a high-tech missile defense system in South Korea.

The United States assured South Korea and Japan on Wednesday of full extended deterrence, based on both its conventional and nuclear arsenal, against North Korea.

Thousands of demonstrators formed a human chain around the US embassy in Seoul in June, with protesters holding signs which read "Koreans hate THAAD" and "Yes to peace talks", as well as banners aimed at US President Donald Trump ahead of his visit to the country.

"To be more precise, I think it is altogether impossible", he added.

Soon after Pyongyang launched another long-range missile July 28, South Korea President Moon Jae-in ordered the temporary deployment of additional THAAD launchers. Rather, it will undermine the regional strategic balance, harm regional security interests, including China's, and increase tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Geng said.

THAAD is created to intercept ballistic missiles.

The Ministry of National Defense said the U.S. Forces Korea will dispatch the four Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, launchers at a facility in the southeastern rural village of Seongju, some 300km away from the capital.

Russian Federation and China both share a border with North Korea. The nation's state newspaper Rodong Sinmun published images on Sunday of Kim allegedly inspecting a nuclear warhead and claimed the bomb tested was a hydrogen fusion weapon-if so, a significant improvement in the nation's nuclear program.

Some South Koreans even hope for the return of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons here or for their country's own nuclear development.

Abe will meet Putin on Thursday.