N Korea to take ‘phys­i­cal ac­tion’ over US anti-mis­sile sys­tem

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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