U.S. conducts "successful" test of THAAD anti-missile system

North Korea won't stop missile provocations: pro-NK paper

The July 30 test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system comes amid mounting tensions with North Korea, which said a day earlier that it had successfully tested a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that proved it was able to hit the us mainland. A rocket launched from a us military aircraft C-17 Globemaster III over the Pacific ocean were successfully detected, tracked and intercepted by a missile defense system.

The MDA said Sunday's THAAD test was conducted to gather threat data from one of the system's interceptors in flight.

The US intercept test comes after North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching parts of the United States.

The test was planned prior to North Korea's test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday.

THAAD is a ground-based missile defense system created to shoot down short-, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

This test was expected after a warning from the U.S. Coast Guard last week.

Lockheed Martin Corp, the prime contractor for the THAAD system, said it has the ability to intercept incoming missiles both inside and outside the Earth's atmosphere. It said this is the 15th such test for the THAAD weapon system.

The US sent two B-1 bombers from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam on Saturday on a 10-hour round trip over the Korean Peninsula.The US Pacific Air Forces described it as a direct response to the North Korean missile test.

Moscow and Beijing, in a joint statement, called on Washington to immediately halt deployment of THAAD in South Korea after North Korea's test earlier this month. It is reported by the missile defense Agency.

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

"If the USA continues to frantically cling on to the so-called "strong sanctions" and military adventures against us, we will respond with firm action of justice that we had already made clear".

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

Hours later, the USA then flew two B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force after the North Korean missile tests, the Air Force said in a statement on Sunday.

The US military conducted the anti-missile test amid rising tensions with North Korea. Following the launch, the USA and South Korean militaries responded by firing surface-to-surface missiles amid increasing tensions on the peninsula.

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