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North Korea threatens over US missile system in South Korea

  • South Koreans shout slogans during a rally to denounce deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, near U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, July 11, 2016. Seoul and Washington launched formal talks on deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, after North Korea conducted a nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch earlier this year. China, Russia and North Korea all say the THAAD deployment could help U.S. radars spot missiles in their countries. The letters read "Oppose, Deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    South Koreans shout slogans during a rally to denounce deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, near U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, July 11, 2016. Seoul and Washington launched formal talks on deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, after North Korea conducted a nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch earlier this year. China, Russia and North Korea all say the THAAD deployment could help U.S. radars spot missiles in their countries. The letters read "Oppose, Deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)  (The Associated Press)

  • A South Korean man holds a sign during a rally to denounce deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, near U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, July 11, 2016. Seoul and Washington launched formal talks on deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, after North Korea conducted a nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch earlier this year. China, Russia and North Korea all say the THAAD deployment could help U.S. radars spot missiles in their countries. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    A South Korean man holds a sign during a rally to denounce deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, near U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, July 11, 2016. Seoul and Washington launched formal talks on deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, after North Korea conducted a nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch earlier this year. China, Russia and North Korea all say the THAAD deployment could help U.S. radars spot missiles in their countries. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)  (The Associated Press)

  • A South Korean man holds a sign during a rally to denounce deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, near U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, July 11, 2016. Seoul and Washington launched formal talks on deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, after North Korea conducted a nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch earlier this year. China, Russia and North Korea all say the THAAD deployment could help U.S. radars spot missiles in their countries. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    A South Korean man holds a sign during a rally to denounce deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, near U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, July 11, 2016. Seoul and Washington launched formal talks on deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, after North Korea conducted a nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch earlier this year. China, Russia and North Korea all say the THAAD deployment could help U.S. radars spot missiles in their countries. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)  (The Associated Press)

North Korea has threatened unspecified "powerful" measures over a U.S. plan to deploy an advanced missile defense system in South Korea.

Monday's statement is filled with the kind of belligerent, over-the-top rhetoric that meets anything Pyongyang sees as an external threat.

A direct military attack from Pyongyang's large but impoverished military is highly unlikely.

The North's military statement, carried in state media, came three days after Seoul and Washington said they were close to determining a location in South Korea for the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, system to better deal with North Korean threats.

The statement carried one of the North's favorite, oft-repeated threats: To turn Seoul into a "sea of fire." This has been a regular warning since 1994.