Tuesday, July 12, 2016

North Korea threatens to respond to American defense system

North Korea's military on Sunday night threatened a "physical response" to a move by the United States and South Korea to deploy the advanced THAAD missile defense system to the Korean peninsula to counter the threat from the North,Reuters reports.

The United States and South Korea said on Friday that the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system will be used as defense against North Korea's growing nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities.

The announcement was the latest move by the allies against the North, which conducted its fourth nuclear test this year and launched a long-range rocket, resulting in tough new UN sanctions and a series of bilateral sanctions against it.

The tensions with North Korea escalated last week, when Washington blacklisted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over human rights abuses.

Kim responded by threatening a tough response to what he called the United States' “declaration of war” against Pyongyang. READ MORE