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China lodges protest with S. Korea over deployment of THAAD launchers

South Korean residents and protesters clash with police officers before the arrival of U.S. missile defense system called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense or THAAD in Seongju South Korea Thursday Sept. 7 2017. Seoul's Defense Ministry on Thursday

Beijing says the system's powerful radars will be able to monitor flights and missile launches deep inside northeastern China.

U.S. President Donald Trump held calls with foreign leaders on Monday, including South Korean President Moon Jae-in and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the White House declared that "all options to address the North Korean threat are on the table".

A Seongju police official says police have dispersed most of the protesters and the US military will be able to move four launchers and construction equipment into the site soon. A THAAD battery is known to require at least six rocket launchers, also involving a fire control and communications unit.

Thousands of police were deployed near the THAAD site, located in a remote southeastern area of the country, to clear the way for the USA convoy carrying the four additional launchers and other equipment.

North Korea's hydrogen bomb test on September 3 is a "grave violation" of United Nations resolutions and threatens regional security, the Russian president said on Wednesday.

Putin expressed concern that cutting off oil supplies would hurt regular North Koreans, Yoon said.

Regarding the issue of Korean laborers brought to work in Japan when it governed the Korean Peninsula, Abe said the issue had been resolved through the 1965 agreement between Japan and South Korea on compensation request rights.

China has consistently railed against recurring US-South Korean war games that are directed at deterring a North Korean attack, but which China blames for fanning regional tensions.

NATO ambassadors said after talks in Brussels on Wednesday that "it is now imperative that all nations implement more thoroughly and transparently existing U.N. sanctions" against the North.

While Putin reiterated Moscow's opposition to new sanctions against North Korea, he told reporters he had assured South Korean President Moon Jae-in that Moscow condemns North Korea's nuclear test and thinks it "flagrantly violates" global law.

While some Moon supporters who oppose THAAD deployment accuse the president of "betraying" them, the government and the presidential office maintains that the move was unavoidable, and necessary in light of the growing North Korean threat.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin are set to approve joint economic activities on disputed islands off Hokkaido, a diplomatic source said Wednesday.

North Korea said it tested an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile on Sunday, prompting global condemnation and a US warning of a "massive" military response if it or its allies were threatened.

Prior to leaving for Vladivostok to participate in the Eastern Economic Forum, Abe on Wednesday said that Japan would coordinate with Russian Federation and worldwide community to make North Korea understand that there would be no future for the country if it continues to pursue its nuclear ambitions, Efe news reported.

John DeLury, a professor at Yonsei University in South Korea, says the meeting in Vladivostok is part of Putin's efforts to increase Russia's presence in East Asia.

Moon said ahead of his meeting with Putin that the situation could get out of hand if North Korea's missile and nuclear tests aren't stopped.

Meanwhile, the BBC reported that North Korea's recent nuclear test appears to have triggered several landslides, according to what are believed to be the first satellite images of the aftermath.

The Russian leader will meet with Abe later in the day.