US begins deploying anti – missile system THAAD in South Korea after North Korea missile test

A day after North Korea’s newest provocation, the U.S. declared that it unloaded two mobile missile launchers in South Korea to begin implementation of its THAAD  missile-defence program on the peninsula.

The move by U.S. Pacific Command came as North Korea shot four ballistic missiles into the sea near Japan on Monday. The releases persuaded Japan on Monday to reaffirm the U.S.-Japan military partnership in a phone call with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, promising to show “there are very serious consequences” for such activities, according to a White House summary of the discussion. Trump also talked with South Korea’s performing president, Hwang Kyo-ahn.

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The “first elements” of the THAAD program have already came South Korea, U.S. defence officials informed on Monday, just time after Hwang Kyo-ahn, Southern Korea’s acting president and prime minister, advised the United States to deploy the system as soon as possible, saying repercussions of a nuclear-armed North Korea would be “horrible and beyond creativity.”

The four ballistic missiles shot by North Korea came in the sea off Japan’s North West, angering Seoul and Tokyo, days after Pyongyang guaranteed revenge over the military drills that it recognizes as planning for war.

 “Japan and the US confirmed that the newest North Korean missile releases were clearly against UN resolutions and a provocation against the regional and international community,” Abe informed journalists. “(North Korea’s) risk has joined a new stage.”

Trump also talked to South Korea’s acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn to talk about the North’s missile releases, said by Hwang’s office.