N Korea to take ‘physical action’ over US anti-missile system
NORTH Korea threatened yesterday to take “physical action” to counter a sophisticated American anti-missile system planned to be deployed in the South.
The warning follows an announcement by Seoul and Washington on July 8 to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system in South Korea to counter growing threats from the North.
The two allies have not yet revealed exactly when and where in the South the system would be deployed but said they were in the final stage of selecting a potential venue.
“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 on July 10.
A day after Seoul and Washington’s announcement, North Korea test-fired what appeared to be a submarinelaunched ballistic missile, sparking swift international condemnation.
The launch followed Pyongyang’s back-to-back tests of a powerful new medium-range Musudan missiles on June 22 – theoretically capable of reaching US bases as far away as Guam. –