North Korea's military has threatened to "physically act" against an advanced anti-missile system deployed by the U.S. and South Korea, and make them "suffer from the nightmare extreme uneasiness and terror."
The harsh rhetoric by North Korea's People's Army (KPA) is the communist state's first comment on Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) since the U.S. and South Korea announced Friday they are in the final stages of negotiation about where to deploy the missile system.
THAAD can shoot down short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles at incredible speed and altitude, and has been used by the U.S. for years to protect its military units.
"We once again warn the enemies that it is the steadfast will of the KPA to make merciless retaliatory strikes to reduce South Korea to a sea in flames and debris once an order is issued," KCNA cited the Korean People's Army as saying.
North Korea tested a submarine-based ballistic missile Saturday, which South Korea said was unsuccessful. It also fired two mobile intermediate range missiles in June, known as Musudan, off the east of the Korean peninsula.
South Korea condemned these tests, calling it a "clear violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution."
North Korea said on Monday it has told the United States it will sever the only channel of communication between them, at the United Nations in New York, after Washington blacklisted leader Kim Jong Un last week for human rights abuses. All matters related to the United States, including the handling of American citizens detained by Pyongyang, will be conducted under its "wartime law."
Source: CNN, Reuters