USA adds launchers to THAAD as dozens hurt in SKorea protests

US formally requests UN vote Monday on N. Korea

"We will respond to the barbaric plotting around sanctions and pressure by the United States with powerful counter measures of our own", North Korea said in a statement by its delegation to an economic forum in Vladivostok, in Russia's Far East.

Dozens of people were injured in clashes between South Korean protesters and police yesterday as the U.S. military added more launchers to the high-tech missile-defence system it installed in a southern town to better cope with North Korean threats.

Pyongyang's immediate neighbour and arch rival, South Korea, expects another missile test by the North to mark its founding anniversary.

Last month, North Korea fired a powerful new intermediate range missile, the Hwasong-12, over northern Japan for the first time - an exercise leader Kim Jong-un called a "meaningful prelude" to containing the US Pacific island territory of Guam and called for his military to conduct more ballistic missile launches targeting the Pacific Ocean.

Trump has sent a powerful United States aircraft carrier towards North Korea amid rising tensions in the region.

THAAD deployment is a contentious issue in South Korea, where protesters have regularly demonstrated against the antimissile system. "But I can tell you North Korea is behaving badly and it's got to stop", he said.

Gallup Korea began asking South Koreans the question in 1992 and the percentage of respondents this time who thought the North would not start a war was the second highest since then.

North Korea's Sunday test was its most powerful to date and widely condemned by the worldwide community, with the Mexican government saying on Thursday that it declared the country's ambassador, Kim Hyong-gil, persona non grata, and gave him 72 hours to leave Mexico.

Fifty-nine percent were against the idea of South Korea preemptively attacking North Korea while 33 percent supported the notion.

Sweden has had diplomatic relations with North Korea since 1973.

More than 300 activists from Seongju and nearby Gimcheon city were outside the THAAD site, in what they say is their 41st assembly demanding the removal of all THAAD launchers, News 1 reported Wednesday. "If there's nothing on the 9th, there will be a sigh of relief - but it's sort of meaningless, because we've set this expectation". Delury's advice to a certain Washington Post reporter trying to figure out whether she can make plans to see her grandmother in Seoul this weekend: "When it comes between your grandma and Kim Jong Un, you should pick your grandma".

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