Amid North Korean missile threat, Alabama plays vital role

31 July, 2017, 01:08 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • US conducts 'successful' THAAD missile test after latest North Korea missile launch

It saw a U.S. Air Force C-17 launch the medium-range missile over the Pacific Ocean, which was then detected, tracked and intercepted by the THAAD system in Kodiak, Alaska.

"In addition to successfully intercepting the target, the data collected will allow [the Missile Defense Agency] to enhance the THAAD weapon system, our modeling and simulation capabilities, and our ability to stay ahead of the evolving threat", said the agency's director, Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves.

"The firing of ballistic missiles in the face of the United States will not stop until policymakers of the Trump administration change their strategic position on Chosun and are engaged in forward-looking behaviors", the Chosun Sinbo said Saturday, using the name of the past Chosun dynasty, which is spelled Joseon in the South, to refer to North Korea.

South Korea said Saturday it will speed up deployment of a THAAD battery on its territory because of the latest North Korean test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

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The THAAD system is created to shoot down short, medium, and intermediate range ballistic missiles in their terminal phase by intercepting with a hit-to-kill approach.

Sunday's test was the second successful test of the THAAD anti-missile system this month.

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.

O'Shaughnessy, U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander, warned North Korea that U.S. and its allies are prepared to use "rapid, lethal and overwhelming force", if necessary against the rogue nation.

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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.

The U.S. isn't ignoring the country's actions.

The US military conducted the anti-missile test amid rising tensions with North Korea.

Had it been fired at a standard trajectory, the rocket could have reached Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago and would have even had NY and Boston within its sights, according to analysts. 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. It can shoot down short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles.

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