U.S. tests missile-defense system over Pacific Ocean

China concerned by South Korea's decision to deploy more US anti-missile units

U.S. forces carried out a successful test Sunday of a missile-interception system, military officials said.

The U.S. Air Force launched a medium-range ballistic missile over the Pacific Ocean, and the THAAD system - in Kodiak, Alaska - "detected, tracked and intercepted the target", according to the MDA's statement.

The test was part of an effort "to stay ahead of the evolving threat", said the U.S. Missile Defense Agency director, Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves.

The Pentagon reported that during testing of a missile defense system THAAD soldiers 11 artillery regiment air defense from Fort bliss were successfully shot down a ballistic missile of average range.

North Korea's missile launch test has heaped pressure on to the already frayed relationship the reclusive country has with its neighbors and the United States.

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A Tokyo-based pro-North Korean news media has said Pyongyang won't stop its missile tests unless the USA changes its hostile policy. In recent months, the North has successfully tested a precision Scud, the Pukguksong-2 (KN-15) MRBM, and the Hwasong-12 IRBM, all of which are new weapons systems rolled out this year. It's believed that both countries had feared reprisals from Beijing, which claims that that the USA -built system would not deter Pyongyang and may further destabilize the region.

The report emphasized that the development and tests of missiles have been done publicly, not secretly. The US claims North Korea poses a threat against its mainland as well as its two Asia-Pacific allies South Korea and Japan.

"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".

That missile can reach deep into the USA mainland if launched on a standard trajectory, according to experts. North Korea can use these missiles against its neighbors, specifically South Korea and Japan. It does not target intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The THAAD system in South Korea is operational and has achieved initial intercept capability.

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