US sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power

China said on Wednesday it had expressed serious concern to Washington and Seoul after the us military started moving parts of its controversial THAAD anti-missile defense system to a deployment site in South Korea.

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.

Seoul and Washington say the sole goal of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system is to defend against North Korean missiles, but China is concerned the system's powerful radar can penetrate its territory and undermine its security and has repeatedly expressed opposition to it.

US Pacific Command has said the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group is expected to be off the Korean Peninsula by the end of April, but it has not announced any other carrier movement.

Trump has discussed North Korea with United Nations ambassadors, increased the USA military presence in the region, and leaned on China to pressure Pyongyang.

"In confronting the North Korean threat, it is critical that the USA be guided by a strong sense of resolve both publicly and privately in order to bring Kim Jong Un to his senses, not his knees", Harris said.

A game plan, therefore, would be required for a post-Kim Jong-un North Korea.

On the same day the US nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727) arrived in the South, KCNA said elite Artillery Forces, the Navy and the Air and Anti-Air Force of the KPA participated in drills described as "a combined fire demonstration of the services of the KPA".

The Chinese envoy for North Korea says China and Japan have agreed to coordinate in seeking to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and in urging North Korea to refrain from making further provocations.

A rare briefing involving all 100 usa senators will be held at the White House on Wednesday to address the situation in North Korea.

The fear of a U.S. attack is palpable, and with the Pentagon rushing their THAAD anti-missile system to South Korea, there is a sense that they are planning to do something in short order that would need them to be able to shoot down retaliatory missiles.

They will take place in the East Sea, the South's name for the Sea of Japan, it said, and the two allies will also begin joint naval exercises in the West Sea - what it calls the Yellow Sea - on Tuesday "in relation to the current security situation".

"North Korea is a big world problem, and it's a problem we have to finally solve", the president added.

North Korea's growing nuclear and missile threats are perhaps the most serious security challenge confronting US President Donald Trump.

Experts thought North Korea might conduct a nuclear test or a ballistic missile launch to mark the anniversary, but as of yesterday evening neither had occurred.

The move came a day after North Korea celebrated its army day with a live-fire drill.

Speaking at a daily news briefing in Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China urged the US and South Korea to withdraw the system. Pyongyang launched a missile one day after the 105th birthday of late founder Kim Il Sung on April 15. Tillerson also will chair a U.N. Security Council meeting on Friday to discuss tougher sanctions, possibly including an oil embargo and punishing Chinese companies that do business with North Korea.

Trump has vowed to prevent North Korea from being able to hit the United States with a nuclear missile and has said all options are on the table, including a military strike.

North Korea denounced the USA actions.

In a technology-mediated virtual space, North Korea even briefly competed with the visual spectacle of young South Korean singers in the digital sphere.

The moves to set up THAAD within this year have angered not only North Korea, but also China, the country that the Trump administration hopes to work with to rid the North of nuclear weapons.

"We believe China - we've talked about this before - has unique leverage when it comes to North Korea, and frankly China's influence on North Korea is outsized in the sense of if they fully implement, and we've seen them take additional steps in that regard, the sanctions, then they can apply the kind of pressure that will make Pyongyang take notice", State Department acting spokesman Mark Toner said in Monday's press briefing.

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