North Korea has fired an ICBM, traveling 620 miles into the Sea of Japan.
The U.S. conducted a test of its missile defense system in Alaska and flew two supersonic bombers over South KoreaÂ on Sunday in a show of force following North Korea’sÂ latest intercontinental ballistic missile test on Friday.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) announced it conducted a test of its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) defense system in Alaska by launching a ballistic missile over the Pacific Ocean.Â
The missile was fired by a U.S. Air Force C-17 plane and successfully intercepted by the system, based in Kodiak, Alaska, the MDAÂ said.Â
“In addition to successfully intercepting the target, the data collected will allow MDA to enhance the THAAD weapon system, our modeling and simulation capabilities, and our ability to stay ahead of the evolving threat,” said MDA Director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves.
In South Korea, U.S. B-1 bombers were escorted by South Korean fighter jets as they flew over an air base near the South Korean capital of Seoul before returning to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said in a statement.
It said the mission was a response to consecutive ICBM tests by North Korea this month. Analysts say flight data from the Northâs second ICBM test showed that a broader part of the mainland United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, is now in range of Pyongyangâs weapons.
âNorth Korea remains the most urgent threat to regional stability,â said Gen. Terrence J. OâShaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander….