U.S. Intercepts a Simulated N. Korean Nuclear MissileVideo

Write : 2017-05-31 11:21:02 Update : 2017-07-07 12:52:40

Anchor: The Pentagon said it has successfully completed a test intercepting an intercontinental ballistic missile. The test, the first of its kind, was part of efforts to improve the U.S.’ defense capabilities amid escalating threats from North Korea.
Our Park Jong-hong has the details.
 
Report: A missile targeting the U.S. mainland was launched from the Marshall Islands located near the equator in the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday.
 
The launch was a simulation of an attack by a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile or ICBM.
 
To counter the threat, a ground-based interceptor was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
 
The Pentagon confirmed the target was intercepted and destroyed in mid-air.
 
In the next test, the U.S. armed forces say they plan to use an ICBM model that looks like a genuine long-range missile developed by North Korea.
 
Since 1999, the U.S. has conducted 17 missile interception tests but this latest one marks the first time it shot down an ICBM-class target.
 
The test was conducted under a direct order from President Trump and the successful interception is seen to display the U.S.’ enhanced technology.
 
The test comes amid repeated missile threats from North Korea and warnings from experts that it is only a matter of time before North Korea perfects the capability to deliver weapons to the U.S. mainland.

Japanese media reported on Wednesday that the USS Ronald Reagan has been deployed to the East Sea to join the USS Carl Vinson, which is currently conducting operations in the region. It is believed that the aim of the extremely rare joint drill combining two aircraft carriers is to keep North Korea in check.
Park Jong-hong KBS World Radio News.

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