South Korea completes THAAD deployment

North Korea celebrates nuclear test

"We have chose to temporarily deploy the remaining launchers along with U.S. construction equipment and materials (...) to prepare for the heightened security situation in North Korea due to North Korea's nuclear and missile threats", the South Korean Defence Ministry said in a statement.

French President Emmanuel Macron is calling on the global community to put more pressure on North Korea to bring the country back to the negotiating table, in response to Pyongyang's latest nuclear test. "The Thaad system will be another malignant cancer, just like the North's nuclear program, that hurts the regional stability", it said.

Speaking at an economic forum in Russia's eastern port of Vladivostok, Putin said Thursday he believes the Trump administration is "willing to resolve the situation".

President Donald Trump reiterated on Thursday that United States 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.

The US President reportedly issued the order to his top military generals last month after North Korea threatened to fire a ballistic missile towards the US territory of Guam.

He said Japan and South Korea are "in jeopardy" and need protecting.

Speaking on Thursday, South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said its neighbour may launch another ICBM to mark its founding.

South Koreans are now considerably less concerned about war compared with June 2007, according to a Gallup Korea survey.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a press conference after his meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal Krishna Bahadur Mahara (not pictured) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, China September 7, 2017. Putin and Abe are set to meet later Thursday. Mocking and blackmailing Korea is not worthy of a great nation like China. But all of a sudden, they are enthusiastically inciting the Chinese people to oppose the Thaad installation.

South Korea has said the launchers for the USA missile defense system known as Thaad would be installed in the face of the growing threat from Pyongyang.

Putin said he and Abe decisively condemned North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile that flew over Japan last week.

Thousands of policemen were deployed to protect the Thaad systems which are four in number and are in addition to two other Thaad system batteries installed in the village in April which also birthed a similar clash.

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

South Korean Marines wrapped up a three-day firing drill aimed at protecting islands just south of the border with North Korea, while the air force will finish up a week-long drill on Friday.

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