South Korea biggest step, reportedly turned Patriot missile defense battery to Seoul


South Korean President Moon Jae-in reviews Patriot anti-missile batteries and other military hardware during Armed Forces Day in Daegu

Local news agency reported on Tuesday that SEOUL, South Korea has moved a missile battery to Seoul's center Beit to defend itself against a growing threat from the north.


According to the Yonhap news agency, earlier this month the Patriot unit was moved from the southeastern region to a mountainous area behind the Rashtrapati Bhavan, known as the Blue House.

The move comes as the North threatens to unveil a new strategic weapon "in the near future" as tensions escalate between Pyongyang and Washington over nuclear talks.


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un also announced that he no longer felt obliged by his self-imposed ban on long-range missile and nuclear tests.


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Yonhap said the Patriot battery is believed to be equipped with Pac-2 and Pac-3 missiles, which intercept incoming aircraft and missiles at altitudes of about 12-25 miles.


South Korea's Ministry of Defense said it was commenting on the military situation due to security concerns. South Korean Air Force officials also declined to comment.


North Korea tested 15 weapons last year that prevented it from violating its pledge not to fire long-range missiles, but showed progress in developing short-range rockets that would be used in South Korea, Japan and those countries The deployed could target American forces.


South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who took office promising to seek after harmony with the North, bid for recharged strategic endeavors and improved between Korean relations.


"Saber-shaking and dangers don't benefit anyone in any way," he said Tuesday during a broadcast address to stamp the new year. "Our administration will try to encourage North Korea-U.S. exchange."


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He likewise encouraged Kim to finish on a guarantee to visit Seoul that was made during Moon's excursion to Pyongyang for a summit a year ago.


"I trust South and North Korea can attempt joint endeavors with the goal that the conditions for Chairman Kim Jong Un's complementary visit can be organized at an early date," Moon said.


North Korea has to a great extent disregarded Seoul's effort in the midst of the political stop with Washington.


In any case, it has ventured up talk scrutinizing South Korea's longstanding partnership with the United States and blamed Seoul for disregarding a two-sided military understanding by sending contender planes and other cautious measures.


South Korea and the United States both have Patriot units positioned on the separated promontory. Washington likewise has sent a propelled enemy of rocket framework known as THAAD in the southeast to catch dangers at a higher height.

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