US Missile Defense Triggers Alarm From Russia, China

  • The U.S. sets new interceptor missile tests and looks to deploy laser weapons to destroy ICBMs.
  • Beijing is worried America’s anti-missile system ‘breaks strategic balance among nuke-armed countries.’
  • Moscow is critical of U.S. missile defenses and mulling how to respond.

The Pentagon’s successful interceptor missile defense test this week is seen as a step toward reducing the nuclear risk from North Korea, but now China and Russia are seeing the U.S. technology as a threat.

Regardless, North Korean state newspaper Rodong Sinmun said Thursday that its military was “ready to conduct an ICBM test-fire at any time.”

During Tuesday’s test, the U.S. military intercepted a mock intercontinental ballistic missile target fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California during a test of its Ground-based Midcourse Defense, or GMD, system.

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