USA to fire RETALIATION missile against North Korea within DAYS

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Australia is developing defences against a potential missile attack

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Australia is developing defences against a potential missile attack

Amid heightened tensions with North Korea, the USA will conduct a flight test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), an element of the nation's ballistic missile defense system, Fox News has learned.

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.

The weapon system, housed at the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska in Kodiak, Alaska, is part of the United States' missile defense system created to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles during flight.

Although tests for the missile defense system had reportedly been planned months ago the move has gained in significance in the wake of North Korea's launch last Tuesday of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could theoretically reach Alaska or Hawaii.

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Created to shoot down short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles, each THAAD system is comprised of five major components. The Thaad interceptors will be fired from Alaska.

The show of force came as the United States plans to carry out a new test of its Thaad missile defence system against an intermediate-range ballistic missile in the coming days.

"DPRK's (Democratic People's Republic of Korea's) continued pursuit of nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and its proliferation links pose a grave threat to worldwide peace & stability", the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement. Is the growing threat from North Korea enough to sway congress to continue the deployment in South Korea?

It is believed Kim's new missile could obliterate a major U.S. city, with an estimated range of around 4,160 miles.

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The Missile Defence Agency said Thaad had a 100 per cent successful track record in its 13 flight tests since 2006.

Australia will press ahead with a missile defence programme to protect its forces, but a U.S. shield system isn't appropriate, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said.

THAAD is not created to stop an ICBM - that job is left primarily to the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptor system.

The GMD system successfully shot down an incoming, simulated North Korean ICBM in a test in May.

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