And it does not appear to be blunting the aggressive attitude of North Korea, which has shown no sign of cutting back on military parades or missile tests.
Rep. Moon responded, "The reality is that the sentiment of many Korean people is that they can not accept the comfort women deal", the same message he conveyed to Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in talks the previous day.
The secret transportation caused a strong backlash from residents and peace activists who had stood guard beside the entrance road to the golf course to block any further deployment of other THAAD elements.
According to South Korean defence minister Han Min-goo, North Korea's nuclear program is "progressing faster than expected", saying that the latest missile was "successful in flight".
The 2015 bilateral agreement came about in large part due to pressure from the USA administration of President Barack Obama.
Such moves underscore a willingness on the part of China's Communist Party leaders to fan the flames of anti-South Korea sentiment, said Korea expert Sung-Yoon Lee of Tufts University in MA.
"President Moon thanked U.N. Secretary-Genera Guterres for denouncing North Korea's May 14 missile launch and urging the North to fulfill its global duties", presidential office spokesman Park Soo-hyun told a press briefing.
President Moon Jae-in conveyed his desire to revive the "shuttle diplomacy" of the Roh Moo-hyun administration with Japan through a special envoy who met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday. Hong told reporters that Trump said he understands the domestic issues around THAAD in South Korea. Afterward they both emphasized the strong economic ties between the two countries, their shared democratic values and the need to cooperate to deter the growing North Korean nuclear threat.
This could be seen as a step away from policy measures in the past, as China has provided inducements to Pyongyang, while urging Washington and its allies to practice restraint. North Korea would not be able to survive as a completely isolated nation.
The song was played officially for the first time since 2008 at a national cemetery in the southwestern city of Gwangju, where hundreds and possibly thousands were believed to have been killed when local citizens rose up against the military dictator Chun Doo-hwan on May 18, 1980 and were crushed by police, paratroopers and tanks.
Moon won a landslide victory in the May 9 presidential by-election.