Trump has ordered the U.S. military to add more launchers to the high-tech missile-defense system that is installed in a southern town in South Korea, to better deal with potential threats from North Korea.
This has caused some unrest though among the citizens of this town. On Thursday clashes between South Korean protestors and the police arise because of the new mobilization.
After a recent weapons test of a thermonuclear weapon built for missiles capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, Seoul has taken up more serious defenses against Pyongyang.
Attempts at punishing North Korea for their nuclear ambitions has not gone over well. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe met in Russia’s Far East to talk about denying North Korea of oil supplies to send their message.
Russian President Vladimir Putin does not like the idea of sanctions and instead sides with President Trump’s “military response” to defuse tensions.
Putin has strong faith in Trump’s administration to soothe any tensions between North Korea and has said there are “many reasonable people in the current administration” who are experienced and who have dealt with similar crises.
Moon and Abe still stick with their ideas of sanctions against North Korea with oil, but Putin has expressed concern that cutting off oil supplies would hurt regular North Koreans, said Yoon Young-chan, Moon’s chief press secretary.
The Chinese government has also said they do not want South Korea to deploy any of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense Systems (THAAD) that the U.S. military is helping install, said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.
As a result, some 400 protesters and thousands of police officers in riot gear swarmed the road that leads to the site of the THAAD in the rural town of Seongju. Six police officers and 32 other people were injured, none seriously said local fire department official.
“The THAAD battery normally consists of six launchers capable of firing up to 48 interceptor missiles, but only two have been operational.”
The deployment of THAAD happened before the conservative South Korean government was ousted due to a corruption scandal. Now that the liberal Moon took office in May he had been trying for diplomacy between North Korea, but their only response has been an escalation in weapons testing.
After the two test-launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles, Moon allowed more launchers to be set up. The South Korean government has also dispelled health rumors about the THAAD’s powerful radar component as groundless and no such concern has been reported at other THAAD sites.
South Korean officials say that the THAAD will strengthen the country’s missile defenses and will deter North Korea from using their own missiles. Thanks to Trump’s strong hand against North Korea, Americans and South Koreans can sleep more sound at night.