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China Lodges Protest Over Full THAAD Deployment

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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in Washington DC on Thursday

The nuclear test followed a missile test over Japan's northernmost island, Hokkaido, triggering nuclear alarms all over the region.

South Korea is closely watching North Korea over the possibility it may test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile as soon as Saturday when it celebrates its founding anniversary.

They harshly criticized the Moon Jae-in government as the remaining THAAD elements were transported Thursday morning to the site after violently suppressing anti-THAAD civilians.

A U.S. news media outlet says U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered that any North Korean missile flying toward the U.S. mainland or the U.S. territories in the Pacific be shot down.

"While ignoring our government and the global community's repeated demands and warnings, North Korea staged its sixth nuclear test following a series of ballistic missile launches".

Putin said there are "many reasonable people in the current administration" who are experienced and who have dealt with similar crises.

He called on all North Korea's neighbours to show restraint, suggesting the bellicose rhetoric and military drills are "playing into their hands".

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Mr Putin expressed concern that cutting off oil supplies would hurt regular North Koreans, the official said. Asked about possible USA military action, the president said "That's not our first choice, but we'll see what happens".

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said Beijing supports further United Nations action against North Korea but also wants to see renewed efforts to begin dialogue involving all sides. Even as Trump has insisted that now is not the time to talk, senior members of his administration have made clear that the door to a diplomatic solution is open, especially given the U.S. assessment that any pre-emptive strike would unleash massive North Korean retaliation. "But I can tell you North Korea is behaving badly and it's got to stop".

South Korea has said the launchers for the US missile defense system known as Thaad would be installed in the face of the growing threat from Pyongyang. China and Russian Federation have been calling for talks, saying sanctions are not working.

Protesters shout slogans during a rally against the deployment of an advanced US missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, near the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.

Mr. Moon also expressed regret over clashes between protesters and police that left dozens injured Thursday when the USA military added the four launchers to the THAAD system in rural Seongju.

Federica Mogherini said a demilitarisation of the Korean peninsula should be achieved peacefully through dialogue and diplomacy.

The European Union's foreign policy chief said the world should not "enter this spiral of a military confrontation that could be extremely risky not only for the region but for the entire world".

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