PYONGYANG, July 11 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) warned Monday that it will take "physical measures" to cope with the U.S. deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in South Korea.
The countermeasures will be taken once the location of the deployment is decided, said the Korean People's Army in the warning carried by the official KCNA news agency.
Pyongyang stressed that the United States and South Korea, which claim the DPRK's self-defense is a "severe threat" and their aggressive means of warfare is "defensive," were just confusing black with white.
The two countries' joint THAAD deployment decision results from the U.S. ambition to dominate the world and South Korea's confrontation with the DPRK, Pyongyang said, warning that the DPRK army will "make merciless retaliatory strikes to reduce South Korea to a sea of flames, debris once an order is issued."
In a joint statement Friday, Seoul and Washington said the two allies decided to deploy THAAD in South Korea to protect the country and its people from the DPRK's nuclear threats, weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles.
Regional countries including China and Russia have repeatedly voiced their serious concern over the move due to its far-reaching negative impact.
COLOMBO, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Saturday the planned deployment of U.S. THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea far exceeds the Korean Peninsula's defense needs.
The visiting foreign minister told reporters that China had the reasons and rights to question the behind-the-scenes motives of this move, and any excuse for the deployment would be unjustified.Full story
MOSCOW, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Russia's Arms Committee at the Russian Federation Council, or the upper parliament house, on Friday warned that missile units could be deployed in eastern Russia in response to the deployment of the U.S. missile defense system called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in South Korea.
According to deputy chairman Evgeny Serebrennikov, the committee would work out certain decisions together with the Defense Ministry on military planning including deployment of missile and ground units, so as to counter the influence of the United States deploying its missile defense system in South Korea. Full story