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South Korea acting president calls for swift deployment of U.S. anti-missile system
March 6, 2017 / 1:41 AM / 6 months ago

South Korea acting president calls for swift deployment of U.S. anti-missile system

South Korea's Prime Minister and acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn speaks during a meeting at the Government Complex in Seoul, South Korea February 27, 2017. Yonhap/Baek Seung-ryol via REUTERS

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn said on Monday Seoul should swiftly complete the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile defence system after North Korea launched four missiles earlier in the day.

"We should quickly finish the deployment of THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) deployment and acquire a defence system against North Korea's nuclear missiles," said Hwang in opening remarks while presiding over a National Security Council meeting after the North's latest provocation.

North Korea fired four ballistic missiles early on Monday, three of which Japan said landed in its exclusive economic zone, in an apparent retaliation over recent U.S.-South Korean military drills.

Reporting by Jack Kim and Christine Kim; Editing by Lincoln Feast

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