As tensions with North Korea grow: US to test upgraded anti-missile system

The Pentagon will attempt to shoot down an intercontinental ballistic missile using its upgraded anti-missile system for the first time today. The test comes amid the growing tensions between the US and North Korea. However, the Pentagon clarified that the decision to carry out the test was not solely based on the threat from Pyongyang.
Trump and Kim Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The Pentagon has announced that it will attempt to shoot down an intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time using its upgraded long-range missile interceptor on Tuesday. The test will be carried out above the Pacific Ocean.

The trial is widely being considered a test of America’s readiness and ability to deal with the possibility of a North Korean missile launch toward the US mainland. However, the Pentagon clarified that the decision to carry out the test was not solely made based on the threat from Pyongyang.

During today’s test, an interceptor missile will be launched from an air force base in California. The simulated threat missile will be launched from the Marshall Islands.

Yesterday, North Korea tested another ballistic missile, which landed in the Sea of Japan, in the country’s ninth missile trial since the beginning of 2017. According to North Korea’s KCNA news agency, the country’s leader Kim Jong-Un supervised the test. US President Donald Trump condemned the test on Twitter, saying that Kim disrespected China by testing yet another missile.



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