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Seoul, Washington defense chiefs agree to strengthen deployment of U.S. strategic assets

Seoul, Washington defense chiefs agree to strengthen deployment of U.S. strategic assets

Russian Federation shares the concerns voiced by China on the plans to deploy the THAAD system in South Korea, he noted.

On Wednesday, several hundred protesters gathered near the site where the missiles are being moved to.

Trump has offered "conceptual approval" on the purchase of billions of dollars' worth of USA military weapons and equipment by South Korea.

The NATO military alliance is calling for global pressure to be ratcheted up against North Korea following its latest nuclear test.

The ministry said four launchers for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) antimissile system will be placed in the Seongju base to counter the mounting North Korean nuclear and missile threats.

In a 20-minute phone call with Putin, Moon also urged the U.N. Security Council to review measures to cut off sources of North Korea's foreign currencies, including banning countries from importing North Korean workers.

U.S. President Donald Trump gave his "in principle" approval to lift restriction on South Korea's missile payload capabilities, the White House said on Monday.

The United States is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea. China has opposed deployment of THAAD, saying its powerful radar can probe deep into its territory, undermining its security.

Mattis and Song discussed avenues for improving bilateral, trilateral and regional defense cooperation in light of the threat posed by North Korea and to maintain peace and stability in Northeast Asia and the broader Asia-Pacific region, she added. With the four additional launchers installed, U.S. Forces Korea will have a fully operational THAAD battery at its base in Seongju.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says supporting a Russian-Chinese road map would help resolve the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula. He said it "offers a genuine way to defuse the tensions and a step-by-step settlement".

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