Amid North Korean missile threat, Alabama plays vital role

A THAAD missile launcher is positioned at a former golf course in Seongju North Gyeongsang Province in this undated file

A THAAD missile launcher is positioned at a former golf course in Seongju North Gyeongsang Province in this undated file

The latest ICBM launch by North Korea, has prompted South Korean President Moon Jae-in to request the United States to deploy more THAAD missile defense units on the Korean peninsula.

The U.S. has conducted a test of its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) defense system in Alaska by launching a ballistic missile over the Pacific Ocean, military officials said early Sunday.

Earlier this month, the USA conducted a successful test of the THAAD system against an intermediate-range ballistic missile from the same site in Alaska.

Two THAAD interceptor launchers are already operational at the site, along with powerful X-band radar, and a fire control and communication system.

"The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and U.S".

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The North Korean had described its missile test a "stern warning" for the US and said that the country would face destruction if it tried to attack North Korea.

The test comes as Gen. Terrence J.

The MDA released a statement saying, "A medium-range target ballistic missile (MRBM) was air-launched by a U.S. Air Force C-17 over the Pacific Ocean".

In March, the North test-fired what experts said were likely four extended-range Scud missiles, with the official Korean Central News Agency issuing an overt claim that the drill was a rehearsal for striking USA military bases in Japan.

"In addition to successfully intercepting the target, the data collected will allow the Missile Defense Agency to enhance the THAAD weapon system", he said. O'Shaughnessy, commander of the Pacific Air Forces, said in a statement.

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The move comes despite the government's longstanding claim that an environmental assessment of the launch site in Seongju County would be needed before the US -made battery could be fully deployed.

It's believed that both countries had feared reprisals from Beijing, which claims that that the US -built system would not deter Pyongyang and may further destabilize the region. "However, we have a responsibility to our allies and our nation to showcase our unwavering commitment while planning for the worst-case scenario".

"That was a message to us on the 4th of July, and of course, they tested another one at the end of this month that's near some anniversary or event in North Korea".

It uses "hit-to-kill technology where kinetic energy destroys the incoming target", the United States military says.

China expressed disapproval of North Korea's missile test on Saturday.

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"I am very disappointed in China", he posted on Twitter.

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