S Korean Opposition Criticizes President's Idea of 'Tentative' THAAD Deployment

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South Korea is closely watching North Korea over the possibility it may launch another intercontinental ballistic missile as soon as Saturday, as it celebrates its founding anniversary.

China is by far North Korea's biggest trading partner, accounting for 92 percent of two-way trade past year.

Washington had previously asked the United Nations Security Council to impose an oil embargo on North Korea, ban its exports and halt hiring of its nationals overseas, as well as freezing Kim Jong-un's personal assets and imposing a travel ban on the DPRK's supreme leader, but since the Hermit Kingdom conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on Sunday Donald Trump implored China to do more to haul in its neighbour and ally that continued to defy UN sanctions.

North Korea, which is pursuing its nuclear and missile programs in defiance of global condemnation, said it would respond to any new U.N. sanctions and US pressure with "powerful counter measures", accusing the United States of aiming for war.

President Donald Trump reiterated on Thursday that USA military action is "certainly" an option against North Korea, as his administration tentatively concurred with the pariah nation's claim to have tested a hydrogen bomb.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said the administration of US President Donald Trump had shown the desire to defuse tensions over North Korea.

But he said he believed North Korea's leadership feared that any freeze of its nuclear program would be followed by what amounted to "an invitation to the cemetery".

The launchers were transported by U.S. Forces Korea vehicles to Seongju County under the cover of darkness early morning Thursday.

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South Korea and the United States are technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

THAAD system arrives in Seongju on September 7. Abe is due to meet Putin separately later in the day.

"Villagers and people coming to the village from across the country to block THAAD deployment protested for 18 hours on the road, but the village was completely devastated", they said in a statement. Mocking and blackmailing Korea is not worthy of a great nation like China.

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system here Friday, saying it was an inevitable decision to protect his people from evolving nuclear and missile provocations from North Korea.

A THAAD battery normally consists of six launchers that can fire up to 48 interceptor missiles, but only two launchers been operational at the site, on a former golf course.

"The battery will be operational as soon as the U.S. finishes its internal procedures", Ministry spokesperson Moon Sang-gyun said at a press conference, reported Yonhap news agency.

State-run media in China condemned the deployment.

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