In a joint statement Friday, Seoul and Washington said the two allies made a decision 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. North Korea rejected the sanctions and called for them to be removed. But it is capable of shooting down short- and medium-range ballistic missiles as they head to earth.
"In addition, the Chinese military could come up with a solution that minimizes the threat posed by the system, such as technical disturbances and targeting missiles toward the THAAD system".
North Korea frequently threatens to attack South Korea and USA interests in Asia and the Pacific.
"If North Korea continues its groundless claims and rash actions in defiance of our warnings, it will have to face our military's stringent retaliation", a ministry spokesperson told reporters.
The statement also carried one of the North's favourite, oft-repeated threats: To turn Seoul into a "sea of fire".
"It serves as a reminder of the strength of our alliance", Thornberry said.
"As the deployment of the THAAD was decided in a sovereign manner with the aim of defending the country and the people from North Korea's nuclear missile threats, the issue should not be changed due to opinions of neighboring countries", Han said.
On Monday, North Korea escalated the tensions between itself and the United States even further, reports CNN.
The report on the state-run Korean Central News Agency came hours after Pyongyang threatened to retaliate with a "physical counter-action" if the USA and South Korea deploy an advanced missile defense system on the divided peninsula.
The U.S. placed personal sanctions on Kim and several other North Korean officials last week.
"Because the United States did not accept our demand that the sanctions be retracted, we are taking concrete actions one by one, the first of which is to completely cut off the NY channel of communication, the only official point of contact that has existed between the two sides".
North Korea and the U.S.do not now have diplomatic relations, however North Korea has representation in the USA via its permanent mission to the United Nations in New York City.
Such a response by North Korea is interpreted by experts in Seoul as the reclusive regime's deep concerns that the sanctions on Kim could undermine his authority.
The Treasury Department's Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Adam J. Szubin said in a statement last week that "under Kim Jong Un, North Korea continues to inflict intolerable cruelty and hardship on millions of its own people, including extrajudicial killings, forced labor, and torture".
Pyongyang had earlier slammed the sanctions on Kim as a "declaration of war" and vowed to take strong retaliatory measures. The first stage of those practical sanctions is, apparently, shutting down the NY communication resource.
Talks between the U.S. and the tyrannical North Korean regime are brokered by United Nations, including discussions over USA citizens held by the Asian state. "The U.S.is wholly to blame for the ensuing unpleasant things happening in the bilateral times". "They have come to the conclusion that any meaningful headway on issues of importance to Pyongyang can not be made under the current administration, which has taken the unprecedented step of sanctioning its supreme leader", he said.