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Successful ICBM interceptor test shows United States can outpace missile threats through 2020

15 June 2017

And the Pentagon just released video of the test, showing both the launch of the dummy missile from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, as well as the successful destruction of the missile from an interceptor missile launched at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

"The intercept of a complex, threat-representative ICBM target is an incredible accomplishment" for the deployed missile defense system and a "critical milestone" for the program, MDA chief Vice Admiral James D. Syring said in a statement. Vice Admiral Jim Syring, the director of the Missile Defense Agency, said the test proves the US has the capability to defend itself from any missile threats posed by potential adversaries.

North Korea responded Wednesday to the Pentagon's intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) intercept test by threatening to reduce the U.S.to ashes.

That test involves firing a new version of the military's single long-range ground-based interceptor missile, which is now based in Alaska and California. He said it "flew at a higher altitude and longer range and higher velocity than any other target we've flown to date".

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The Pentagon says it still needs to incorporate additional upgrades and complete further testing under more realistic conditions before the interceptor system can be considered a truly reliable defense against long-range, nuclear-armed weapons.

The timing of the test has prompted the assumption that the system is created to tackle the North Korean threat but the Pentagon insists it's being developed to tackle any threatening intercontinental ballistic missile, including the possibility of a strike by Iran.

North Korea warned Wednesday it was prepared to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) at any time, as the U.S. successfully tested a system created to intercept them.

The test reportedly cost the US almost $250 million.

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The missile test came weeks after an unarmed Minuteman III ballistic missile was launched from Vandenberg on May 3 and days after North Korea claimed it successfully test-launched its most recent ballistic missile on May 29, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

North Korea's ballistic missile tests have created tensions between Pyongyang and Washington, with Kim Jong Un featuring commonly in discussions between President Donald Trump and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

The main segments that being a concern is about the missile test are its new precisions that enroll the country's first-time attempts to destroy a speeding target simulations. A successful test Tuesday, she said, could demonstrate the Pentagon is on the right track with its latest technical fixes.

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Successful ICBM interceptor test shows United States can outpace missile threats through 2020