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Four more THAAD launchers ready for deployment in South Korea

Thursday's rollout will give US system total of six to guard against North's missiles

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A THAAD missile interceptor in Seongju, South Korea   © Reuters

SEOUL -- An additional four missile interceptors will be deployed on Thursday at a U.S. military camp in South Korea, Seoul announced on Wednesday.

The Ministry of National Defense said the U.S. Forces Korea will dispatch the four Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, launchers at a facility in the southeastern rural village of Seongju, some 300km away from the capital. The camp already has two operational launchers.

The announcement came three days after North Korea claimed to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, jolting not only South Korea and the U.S. but also its ally China. In response, U.S. President Donald Trump said "all options are on the table," not ruling out military action.

The South Korean ministry said the extra interceptors would help the country brace for a possible crisis stemming from Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

The ministry noted that six launchers will give the U.S. a full THAAD battery, meaning it will have a much better chance of detecting and shooting down missiles from the North.

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