U.S. Department of Defense (KODIAK, Alaska) - The U.S. conducted a successful test of a missile-defense system over the Pacific Ocean, military officials announced Sunday morning. The THAAD weapon system, located at Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska in Kodiak, detected, tracked and intercepted the target.
The director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said the test would help the U.S. "stay ahead of the evolving threat".
The system is created to intercept and destroy short, medium and intermediate range ballistic missiles during the final phase of their flight.
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A Tokyo-based pro-North Korean news media has said Pyongyang won't stop its missile tests unless the U.S. changes its hostile policy.
Experts said after the North's ICBM launch late Friday that the missile flew higher and longer than any prior test and now puts a large chunk of the United States - including Chicago and Los Angeles - within range of the North's ever-improving weapons systems.
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"A medium-range target ballistic missile (MRBM) was air-launched by a U.S. Air Force C-17 over the Pacific Ocean".
The report emphasized that the development and tests of missiles have been done publicly, not secretly.
Also Saturday, the U.S. Eighth Army and South Korean army personnel conducted a second combined training event to exercise assets. "However, we have a responsibility to our allies and our nation to showcase our unwavering commitment while planning for the worst-case scenario", O'Shaughnessy added.
The Pentagon denied that the launch posed a threat to North America, but in a telephone conversation after the test, representatives from the USA and South Korean militaries discussed "military response options", according to the Pentagon.
The North Korean had described its missile test a "stern warning" for the USA and said that the country would face destruction if it tried to attack North Korea.
The THAAD system in South Korea is operational and has achieved initial intercept capability. It can shoot down short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles.
Part of the THAAD system the USA has placed South Korea under the previous leadership of this country to be able to withstand missile and nuclear threat of North Korea. North Korea can use these missiles against its neighbors, specifically South Korea and Japan.
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