South Koreans 'increasingly doubtful' North will start war

Lester Mason
September 10, 2017

New President Moon Jae-in suspended the deployment shortly after taking office but reversed that decision as the North conducted increasingly advanced missile tests and rebuffed his efforts to pursue dialogue.

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, interceptor is launched from Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska in Kodiak during a test on July 30.

South Korea had said in June that it would hold off installing remaining components of the Thaad system until the assessment of the system's impact on the environment is done.

Protesters clashed with thousands of police at a South Korean village on Thursday as components of a controversial system to guard against North Korean missiles were deployed, while China and the United States discussed options to deal with Pyongyang. Two Thaad launchers and a powerful radar have already been deployed and are in operation in Seongju, in the North Gyeongsang Province.

The French presidency says Macron on Friday had an intensive exchange of views by phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping, given the "major role" his country plays in the crisis.

Russia, China and South Korea are among the nations that have voiced strong criticism of the North's sixth nuclear test.

"I believe that President Xi agrees with me 100 percent", he said.

Xi told the USA president during their 45-minute call that the North Korean issue must be resolved through "dialogue and consultation".

A similar sentiment is felt in the duty-free store industry, one of the most heavily hit by China's pressure on travel companies to stop group tour packages to South Korea, as these stores rely heavily on Chinese tourists. US President Donald Trump also described Pyongyang as a "rogue nation" which had become a "great threat and embarrassment" to China - North Korea's main ally.

"I'm losing hope as North Korean issues will worsen the tension over the THAAD system".

China and Russian Federation have advocated a "freeze for freeze" plan, where the United States and South Korea would stop major military exercises in exchange for North Korea halting its weapons programmes, but neither side is willing to budge.

"The survey results show South Koreans have likely grown accustomed to its repeated threats of provocation after over 60 years in a ceasefire state", Gallup Korea said in a statement.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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