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North Korea Threatens Response to Anti-Missile System

North Korea Threatens Response to Anti-Missile SystemNorth Korea Threatens Response to Anti-Missile System

North Korea's military has said it will make a "physical response" to the US and South Korea's decision to deploy the advanced THAAD missile defense system on the Korean peninsula. Beijing is not pleased either.

North Korea on Monday responded to US and South Korea's decision announced on Friday to go ahead with the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system, which it said would be used to counter North Korea's growing nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities, AFP reported.

"There will be physical response measures from us as soon as the location and time that the invasionary tool for US world supremacy, THAAD, will be brought into South Korea are confirmed," the North's military said in a statement.

"It is the unwavering will of our army to deal a ruthless retaliatory strike and turn (the South) into a sea of fire and a pile of ashes the moment we have an order to carry it out," the statement carried by the official KCNA news agency said.

"The DPRK will take a physical counter-action to thoroughly control THAAD ... from the moment its location and place have been confirmed in South Korea," the artillery bureau of the North's military said in a statement.

A South Korean Defense Ministry official said the selection of a site for THAAD could come "within weeks", and the allies were working to have it operational by the end of 2017.

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