United States will test THAAD system in Alaska

North Korea may have the technology to strike Alaska. Here’s how Alaska feels about that

North Korea may have the technology to strike Alaska. Here’s how Alaska feels about that

The US plans to carry out a new test of its THAAD missile-defense system against an intermediate-range ballistic missile in the coming days, two US officials told Reuters on Friday, as tensions with North Korea climb.

North Korea demonstrated its ability to reach the continental U.S. with a nuclear-capable ballistic missile on July 4, but close analysis of launch footage may point to another unsafe technological development.

The MDA said the test against a ballistic missile target would be conducted at the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska in Kodiak, Alaska.

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, simply called as THAAD, is an American anti-ballistic missile defence system created to shoot down short, medium, and intermediate range ballistic missiles in their final phase by intercepting with a hit-to-kill approach.

Before India, the United States had also condemned the missile launch and had warned North Korea of serious consequences.

The exact date of the planned test is not being disclosed until it has taken place.

"I appreciate the things that you have done relative to the very substantial problem that we all face in North Korea, a problem that something has to be done about", he said, according to South Korean Jonhap News agency.

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It's quite a turn around for the former prime minister, whose government was opposed to missile defence for Australia as "such a system would be at odds with the maintenance of global nuclear deterrence", according to the Defence White Paper of 2009.

The statement said Washington was using North Korea as a pretext to expand its military infrastructure in Asia and risked upsetting the strategic balance of power in the region.

Seoul and Washington reached an agreement over the THAAD's deployment in July past year, declaring that the objective is to protect South Korea against North Korea's alleged missile threats.

The latest success showed once again how far the system has progressed. "The nation with, overwhelmingly, the greatest leverage over North Korea is China".

"Current developments in the Gulf and North Korea and East Asia as a whole are a cause of concern", he said.

India urged North Korea from refraining from such action.

The full House of Representatives is due to consider the bill, and its amendments, next week.

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