South Korea Will Develop 'Frankenmissiles' To Build Up Defences

U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon meet with their delegations in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington U.S

Seoul's concerns get credence as the Korean peninsula recalls the fifth nuclear test conducted by Jong-un on the September 9 anniversary previous year.

"If we do use it on North Korea, it will be a very sad day for North Korea".

North Korea has recently sped up its weapons development program, drawing strong condemnation from the worldwide community and a demand for the United Nations to toughen sanctions against the hermetic country.

During a phone call, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in is reported to have told Mr Trump: "It is crucial to come up with powerful and practical measures that can make North Korea realize [the impact of its actions]". But experts still point out that missiles from Pyongyang may fly over a much shorter range and therefore fall before THAAD can actually detect them and intercept them.

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In the wake of the North's most powerful nuke test to date last Sunday, the last four of six American anti-missile launchers were installed Thursday in Seongju County around 300 kilometers (186 miles) south of Seoul - more than a year after the deployment was agreed between ex-President Park Geun-hye and the United States.

"I would prefer not going the route of the military, but it's something certainly that could happen", Trump said at a press conference.

Pressure from Washington has ratcheted up since North Korea conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on Sunday.

Trying to assuage public concern, Prime Minister Lee Nak Yon said in a government meeting yesterday that the Thaad deployment is a "difficult yet inevitable decision" to safeguard national security in view of North Korea's increasingly sophisticated missile and nuclear programme.

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Sweden has had diplomatic relations with North Korea since 1973.

North Korea's Sunday test was its most powerful to date and widely condemned by the global community, with the Mexican government saying on Thursday that it declared the country's ambassador, Kim Hyong-gil, persona non grata, and gave him 72 hours to leave Mexico. The Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang also provides consular services for the United States, Australia and Canada. His military has maintained a torrid pace in testing weapons, which also include solid-fuel missiles built to be fired from road mobile launchers or submarines. Its sixth nuclear test on Sunday prompted the USA to speak about a "military response" and South Korea to conduct major military exercises.

It was not immediately clear how North Korean allies China and Russian Federation would vote, but a senior USA official on Friday night expressed scepticism that either nation would accept anything more stringent than a ban on imports of North Korean textiles.

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