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United States successfully tests missile intercept system, THAAD

The United States forces on Sunday tested a missile interception system which they hope to set up on the Korean cape. The follows the trial of North Korea’s second test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, ICBM, the Military officials stated.

During the test of the United States Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, THAAD, a medium-range missile was launched from a US Air Force C-17 aircraft flying over the Pacific and a THAAD unit in Alaska “detected, tracked and intercepted the target,” the US Missile Defense Agency said.

The Defense Agency said this was the 15th successful intercept in 15 tests for the weapons system known as THAAD.

South Korea, however, said deployment of the THAAD battery will sped-up on its territory due to the latest ICBM test carried out by North Korea.

Though new leader of South Korea, Moon Jae-In, had last month suspended the deployment of the programme, mentioning the need for a new environmental impact assessment.

The THAAD defense system was brought into South Korea under the administration of previous president, Park Geun-Hye.

The South Korean Defense Minister, Song Young-Moo on Saturday said that Seoul will now begin consultations on the “tentative deployment” parts of the THAAD battery in response to the latest North Korean test.

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