South Korean media earlier this week reported that a North Korean ICBM appeared to be on the move, and CNN cited the South Korean prime minister on Thursday as saying that “some believe” a launch Saturday was possible.
South Korea deployed four remaining US anti-missile THAAD system launchers on Thursday created to protect against mounting threats from North Korea while protesters clashed with thousands of police in Seongju City, the deployment site.
John DeLury, a professor at Yonsei University in South Korea, says the meeting in Vladivostok is part of Putin’s efforts to increase Russia’s presence in East Asia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin reiterated the importance of involving North Korea in regional economic cooperation on Thursday.
Moon, who took office this year advocating a policy of pursuing engagement with North Korea, has come under increasing pressure to take a harder line.
In a nationalist editorial, it called South Korean conservatives “supporters of the USA anti-missile system” even ridiculing them with crude insults like they (quote) “probably ate too much Kimchi”.
America’s attempt to drum up support for new sanctions against North Korea has run into trouble with the Russians. “North Korea needs to at least start moving toward normalizing relations with other countries as well”, Toloraya said. These will be studied by Russia, Galushka said.
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters in Tokyo that his country was preparing for various scenarios, including North Korea’s development of electromagnetic pulse attack capability.
“China holds the key, the oil to North Korea flows from China”.
According to South Korean media, 38 people, including 6 police officers were injured in Seongju, a village about 300km south of Seoul, as preparations were made to install four further terminal high-altitude area defence (Thaad) system batteries at a golf course. These are in addition to two THAAD launchers already in place at the country’s Seongju base.
South Koreans who live near the area and activists who prefer engagement with the North and fear upsetting major trading partner China have maintained protests against THAAD in the area.
“China strongly urges the United States and South Korea to pay attention to China and other regional nations’ security interests and concerns, immediately halt the progress of the relevant deployment, and remove the relevant equipment”, he said.