>> America raising the stakes on the Korean Peninsula. The US military putting parts of its controversial THAAD anti-missile system into place in the early hours of Wednesday, a defensive measure designed to shoot down rockets from North Korea if Pyongyang were to launch an attack. The rollout promptly sparked protests near the site where THAAD will be based.
Demonstrators also taking to the capital Seoul. South Koreans have been expecting the arrival of THAAD as tensions escalate with North Korea. But as Reuters' Ju-min Park explains, Wednesday's rollout still caught people off guard.>> Bringing key elements of THAAD including some launching canisters was sudden and earlier than people expected.
It came as a surprise because South Korean government has not finished up environmental impact assessment on the location. Residents in towns near THAAD are protesting, saying their opinions and their views have never been heard without any proper consultation with the government.>> The defense system is also the target of wider debate in South Korea and a key issue in the upcoming presidential election.
Frontrunner Moon Jae In has been a big critic, saying THAAD should be suspended until the new administration's in place. The public remains divided.>> Some conservative South Koreans are welcoming the news saying THAAD is needed to defend our country, to strengthen entire missile defense, no matter what. Protesters and city groups are still questioning the need for THAAD while many parts of South Korea are already in range of North Korea artilleries.
>> Donald Trump says all options are on the table to stop the North from hitting America with a nuclear weapon. In an extremely rare move, he's called the entire US Senate for a briefing at the White House on Wednesday, where American defense chiefs will discuss North Korea before heading to the House of Representatives to brief the rest of Congress.