Pentagon declares success for key test of missile defense

Pentagon declares success for key test of missile defense

The US military is to test its missile defence system by intercepting an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the first time.

The test - the ninth this year - came two days after the Group of Seven nations pledged to "strengthen measures" aimed at prompting North Korea to cease nuclear and ballistic missile trials.

Monday's missile test drew immediate protests from Japan and South Korea, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promising "concrete action" in response to the test, and South Korean defense chiefs saying the North would face "strong punishment from our military".

Four of nine missile intercept test attempts prior to Tuesday had been a success, including the last one in June 2014.

U.S. forces, using data from satellites and radar, will fire a ground-based interceptor from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

President Donald Trump and the leaders of South Korea and Japan rebuked North Korea's test, CNN reported.

The KN-17 is a new mobile-launched, single-stage missile that uses liquid fuel.

The Scud flew about 450km (280 miles) before landing in Japanese waters, prompting Japan to lodge a protest.

This is also the third test since Liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-in won the elections.

"We can't prove if it's bluffing, but North Korea is basically saying it can hit the target right in the centre, which is scary news for the USA", said Suh Kune Y., a professor at Seoul National University's department of nuclear engineering. The North Koreans have not yet tested an intercontinental ballistic missile but are believed to be planning to. Experts claim the missile would have flown a much greater distance if launched on a maximum trajectory, perhaps reaching military bases in Guam.

Photo Credit: AP "The intercept of a complex, threat-representative ICBM target is an incredible accomplishment for the GMD system and a critical milestone for this program", MDA Director Vice Adm. Jim Syring said in the statement.

It's the latest in a string of test launches as the North seeks to build nuclear-tipped ICBMs that can reach the US mainland, a drive that puts North Korea high on the list of foreign policy worries for Japan, Washington and Seoul.

Davis played down the need for a successful test ahead of time.

University of Pittsburgh Professor of International Relations Michael Brenner told Sputnik that no ballistic missile defense system anywhere could guarantee certain defense against even a handful of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) armed with nuclear or thermonuclear warheads.

KCNA also reported that Kim Jong-un "expressed the conviction that it [North Korea] would make a greater leap forward in this spirit to send a bigger "gift package" to the Yankees" as a warning in light of alleged us military provocation in the region. The South Korean military said the missile traveled over 500 km (just over 300 miles) into the Sea of Japan.

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 United States mainland.

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