THAAD Intercepts Test Target

THAAD Intercepts Test Target

The U.S. military conducts a test of its missile defense system amid tensions with North Korea. A THAAD battery located at the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska in Kodiak, Alaska, detected, tracked, and intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile air-launched from a U.S. Air Force C-17 over the Pacific Ocean.

On July 11, the US test-fired its THAAD anti-ballistic missile system from Kodiak Island, successfully intercepting a target missile launched from an Air Force Cargo plane north of Hawaii, according to Fox News.

But Sunday's test came two days after North Korea conducted its second test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. North Korea's first ICBM test was conducted on July 4 - a launch that former USA ambassador to the United Nations, Bill Richardson, described to CBS News as a "game changer" because Kim Jong Un is "basically saying to President Trump 'come at me'".

The weapon was sacked by a U.S. Air Force plane over the Pacific Ocean and intercepted by the system located in Alaska, according to an MDA release.

Washington is planning to test-launch its missile defense system THAAD - a unit stationed in Alaska. But Friday's missile was reportedly more advanced than the first, which had the range to reach Alaska.

The Missile Defense Agency hopes to use data from Sunday's missile test to further enhance the THAAD system.

While Washington continues its military pressure, it has also asked China to pressure North Korea economically to cut off its access to foreign currency.

Gen. Sam Greaves said that the exercise will help the U.S.to stay ahead of the evolving threat. China has dramatically increased its sphere of influence over the region in recent years by expanding its Naval forces across man-made islands that span large parts of the South China Sea.

North Korea said the United States should regard its latest test as a "grave warning", Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency said in a statement.

U.S. President Donald Trump criticized China and his predecessors Saturday night on Twitter.

This is the second time in the month the US has tested the THAAD system.

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