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Katrina Soto
April 27, 2017

The North on Tuesday conducted large-scale, live-fire artillery drills, witnessed by national leader Kim Jong Un, as a reminder of its conventional threat to US -allied South Korea.

"South Korea and the United States have been working to secure an early operational capability of the THAAD system in response to North Korea's advancing nuclear and missile threat", the ministry said. They are created to shoot down enemy ballistic missiles like the ones that North Korea has been launching at a steady clip over the past year.

Retail conglomerate Lotte, which previously owned the golf course, has also been targeted, with 85 of its 99 stores in China shut down, while South Korea's biggest automaker Hyundai Motor said Wednesday its Chinese sales fell 44 percent last month.

South Korea's trumpeting of progress in setting up the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, comes as high-powered US military vessels converge on the Korean Peninsula and as a combative North Korea signals possible nuclear and missile testing.

Here's a look at how THAAD works and why it became a debated issue in South Korea.

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North Korea has vowed to strike the United States and its Asian allies at the first sign of any attack on its territory. Moon's closest competitor, Ahn Cheol-soo, has voiced support for THAAD deployment, but has also said he would be willing to ask the withdraw the system of China agrees to aggressively pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions. However the move has angered China, which says the advanced system will do little to deter the North while destabilizing the regional security balance.

Last year, North Korea conducted two nuclear tests.

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It also fills a gap that troubled some crop and livestock producers across USA farm states, which heavily factored into Mr. He also promised to reach out to Democrats, and several Democratic senators have said they will vote for him.

"To some extent, the acceleration of THAAD deployment has 'worked, ' limiting the next South Korean leader's room for maneuver", Delury said.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats are expected to conduct the briefing.

They also agreed that China plays a key roles in pressuring North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programs, something President Trump and his administration have continuously emphasized.

China has been urging restraint by both Pyongyang and Washington. USA military vehicle moves past banners opposing a plan to deploy an advanced US missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, as South Korean police officers stand guard in Seongju, South.

Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee, Harris said he expects North Korea, under Kim's autocratic rule, to soon be able to develop a long-range missile capable of striking the United States, despite some spectacular failures in its ballistic missile program.

Kim is at least the third USA citizen in North Korea's custody. He said he only had 50% of the submarines he sought for the region - "We need more submarines", he said bluntly - and that he saw a need for more interceptors deployed in California and Alaska to defend against potential North Korean missiles.

A South Korean Buddhist sect representative said some members of his group were "dragged away", local newspaper JoongAng Ilbo reported. The U.S. 7th Fleet said two American destroyers were conducting simultaneous maritime exercises with naval ships from South Korea and Japan.

The streets of Pyongyang, however, were quiet for Tuesday's anniversary, which was overshadowed by April 15 celebrations for the birthday of the nation's late founder Kim Il Sung and were marked by a missile test the following day.

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