Korea rejects S. Korean group's offer of malaria help

One loophole, according to President Moon Jae-in's office, is the partitioning of the land plot allocated for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system into two smaller ones.

THAAD is presenting an early test for the president's strategy to reduce regional tensions by balancing strong support for the US alliance with increasing cooperation and outreach to China and North Korea.

Jang Cheol-wun, a North Korea analyst at South Korea's Kyungnam University, told Yonhap the North Korean leader is interested in cultivating a new generation of loyalists.

But supporting it will further alienate Beijing and Pyongyang that adamantly oppose the THAAD deployment as an attempt to increase US military power in the region.

"The newly elected South Korean president appears capable of building a better relationship with North Korea compared to former president Park Geun Hye".

Two of the six launchers that form a complete battery were deployed in April in Seongju county, more than 200 kilometers (125 miles) southeast of Seoul, amid protests from residents.

During the presidential campaign Moon called for a review of the agreement to deploy the US anti-missile battery.

After Moon ordered the fact-finding mission, concerns were raised that he wants to delay the deployment schedule and eventually scrap it. Moon and his national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, repeatedly stressed to the United States that the latest series of moves concerning the deployment is a domestic measure to secure procedural legitimacy.

South Korea has ordered a delay in the deployment of a controversial United States missile defence system pending an environmental report, in a move that will ease relations with China but could put Seoul's tight bond with Washington under strain.

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday to add 15 individuals and four entities linked to North Korea's nuclear and missile programs to a U.N. sanctions blacklist.

Yoon said Wee instead initially planned to verbally report about the four launchers but didn't do so. "We need to meet as [much] as possible", he said.

Wee didn't immediately make any public comments, according to the Defense Ministry.

The move came one day after President Moon Jae-in personally ordered a thorough study on the environmental impact of the advanced missile shield, which, when fully deployed, will consist of at least six rocket launchers with 48 rockets created to intercept aerial threats flying over the peninsula. He said, however, that there won't be any serious troubles in terms of THAAD operations.

South Korea and the United States were close allies during the Korean War (1950-53) and since then the USA has made a major contribution to South Korea's security.

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  • Leroy Wright