North Korea Threatens Military Action Against THAAD Deployment

David Lee, July 11, 2016, 8:43 a.m.

North Korea on Monday warned it will take "physical" actions against South Korea and the United States over the allies' decision to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system in the South. North Korea's military issued a strong warning that it will deliver military strikes from the moment the two countries decide on where to place the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

"We once again warn the enemies that it is the steadfast will of the Korean People's Army (KPA) to make merciless retaliatory strikes to reduce South Korea to a sea of flames and debris once an order is issued," the military's artillery bureau was quoted as saying by the KCNA. It marked the communist country's first reaction to the allies' decision reached on Friday to set up the system in South Korea, where about 28,500 American troops are stationed.

Hours after the warning from the North's military, Pyongyang's foreign ministry also said in a statement that the deployment of the THAAD system would heighten the possibility of a nuclear war in the region.

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