The United States will send an advanced anti-ballistic missile defense system to Guam in the coming weeksa move intended to strengthen its defense capabilities against a possible missile attack from Pyongyang.
The Pentagon says it plans to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System, a land-based system designed to intercept intermediate-range ballistic missiles in mid-air.
The THADD system includes a truck-mounted launcher and a tracking radar and communications system.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that Washington considers North Korea's latest provocations "a real and clear danger and threat" to U.S. interests.
"Some of the actions they've taken over the last few weeks present real and clear danger and threat to the interests certainly, of our allies, starting with South Korea and Japan."
Hagel said he has spoken with Chinese State Councilor General Chang Wanquan over the phone and both agreed they didn't want the situation on the Korean peninsula to worsen any further.
Adding to tensions, North Korea's military says it will take an unspecified series of military actions against the U.S. for deploying advanced weapons to the Korean peninsula.
The General Staff of the Korean People's Army said Thursday that it was formally notifying the White House and the Pentagon that its "state-of-the-art" nuclear weapons had been approved for use by its government.
It also condemned the U.S. for sending advanced weapons including the B-52 and B-2 bombers, F-22 fighters and a nuclear-powered submarine to the region for its joint military drills with South Korea.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.