Trump consults with UK, Australia leaders on North Korea

The South Korean newswire service Yonhap reported Wednesday that Seoul's Ministry of National Defense confirmed the installation of four more launchers while stressing "the urgency of mobilizing the assets, now stored at a USFK compound in the country, amid growing threats from the unpredictable neighbor".

Earlier in the day, Seoul announced the deployment of four additional US THAAD missile systems in North Gyeongsang Province following the recent nuclear test by Pyongyang.

Illustrating the country's hardening sentiment, South Korea says the US military will begin adding more launchers to a contentious high-tech USA missile defense system in South Korea on Thursday. Components of the Thaad battery arrived at the USA military's Osan Air Base on March 7, 2017 and a radar system and two launchers were installed on a former golf course in Seongju on April 26 - less than two weeks before the May 9 presidential election that brought Moon Jae-in to power. The protesters said the deployment will begin at 2 a.m. Thursday, but the Defense Ministry refused to confirm the time.

Mr Putin called for talks with North Korea, and warned against "military hysteria".

U.S. President Donald Trump seized the opportunity to chide Moon for his conciliatory attitude towards North Korea before these tests, tweeting on Sunday, "South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!"

However, at a news conference in China, Mr Putin stopped short of expressing support for more United Nations sanctions on North Korea, and said Russian Federation viewed them as "useless and ineffective".

Putin made the remarks Wednesday after meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Vladivostok, Russia.

They agreed that it is important for the U.S. to deploy high-profile assets, such as bombers and aircraft carriers, more often to Korea, according to Song's office.

Meanwhile, North Korea shows no signs of ending its nuclear and ballistic missile tests, calling its recent nuclear test and other "self-defense" measures a "gift package" for the U.S., warning that others are on the way if Washington continues its "reckless provocations". He said it "offers a genuine way to defuse the tensions and a step-by-step settlement".

  • Joe Gonzales