DOD Releases Missile Intercept Test Video

The Department of Defense has released video footage of Sunday’s test of a U.S. missile defense system.

The U.S. military conducted a test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system Sunday. A THAAD battery located at the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska in Kodiak, Alaska, detected, tracked, and intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile air-launched from a U.S. Air Force C-17 over the Pacific Ocean. Sunday’s test was the second successful test of the THAAD anti-missile system this month.

The U.S. began deploying THAAD in South Korea in March after North Korea launched a salvo of Scud missiles into the East Sea/Sea of Japan. The new South Korean government, after a period of initial hesitation and concern, is requesting additional THAAD batteries as the threat from its nuclear neighbor grows.

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North Korea’s Nuclear Tipped ICBMs Can Now Hit New York

North Korea has tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the continental United States.

Combined with Pyongyang’s miniaturized nuclear warheads—which many analysts believe North Korea already possesses—Kim Jong-Un’s regime now has the ability to unleash nuclear Armageddon on the American homeland. That means America’s policymakers must make a decision—either live with a nuclear-armed North Korea or launch a military response. There is little prospect of coaxing North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program.

“The U.S. Department of Defense detected and tracked a single North Korea missile launch today at about 10:41 a.m. EDT.  We assess that this missile was an intercontinental ballistic missile, as had been expected,” Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said in a statement. “The missile was launched from Mupyong-ni and traveled about 1000 km before splashing down in the Sea of Japan.  We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment.”

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North Korea Missile Launch Japan

  • North Korea fired a projectile on Friday that landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
  • The Pentagon detected the launch and is assessing.
  • Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said the North Korean missile flew for about 45 minutes before landing.

North Korea test fired a missile that may have landed within 230 miles of Japan’s coast, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

The missile was fired shortly before midnight Japan time on Friday, Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK, said, citing government officials. Abe is convening an emergency meeting of officials, Reuters reported.

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The Case Against Attacking North Korea

Crispin Rovere and I discuss foreign policy all the time. Usually on Twitter. Virtually always on opposite ends of the argument. Not surprisingly, we again disagree over how the United States should respond to North Korea’s first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) last week.

In his latest piece, Crispin describes potential consequences of two fundamentally different futures: one where the Trump administration tolerates Pyongyang’s crossing of the ICBM threshold, bringing it a step closer to possessing a capability to launch nuclear strikes on the U.S. homeland, and one where Washington acts militarily to destroy the North Korean nuclear arsenal. He concludes that the latter is the “least bad alternative,” stressing that, unlike the former, a military campaign would show the whole world that proliferators will suffer consequences, and would end the awful Kim regime, reunify the two Koreas, and maybe even bolster America’s long-term position in Asia, notably vis-à-vis China.

He is wrong. I have already explained here what I regard as the “least bad agenda” after North Korea’s ICBM test, but let me respond to Crispin’s points, which I fear may be gaining currency in some U.S. policy circles.

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Video Shows THAAD Obliterating Missile

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has released video of a U.S. missile defense system eliminating an incoming projectile.

The U.S. military conducted another successful test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system Tuesday. The U.S. tested a THAAD system in Alaska against an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) launched from an Air Force cargo plane near Hawaii. THAAD has a perfect intercept record of 14 out of 14.

THAAD was deployed in South Korea after North Korea launched a salvo of missiles into waters off Japan, and the system has achieved initial intercept capability.

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US Successfully Tests THAAD Missile System Amid North Korean Tensions

The U.S. on Tuesday test-fired its THAAD anti-ballistic missile system from Alaska that successfully intercepted a target missile launched from an Air Force Cargo plane north of Hawaii.

The drill was previously scheduled in June and comes a week after North Korea successfully test-launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile capable of hitting Alaska.

THAAD is used to intercept short- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. It does not target intercontinental ballistic missiles. The U.S. has a perfect record on launches, hitting 14 out of 14 targets.

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US Watched As N. Korea Prepped ICBM

 

When North Korea successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile Tuesday, the U.S. was watching from afar, according to a senior U.S. official who spoke with Fox News.

North Korea achieved a breakthrough in weapons development with the launch of an ICBM, one which the North claims can carry a nuclear warhead and expert observers suspect could reach Alaska. The weapon was fired from a new location, an airfield near Panghyon northwest of Pyongyang. The liquid-fueled missile was delivered to the weapons testing site on a road-mobile launcher. During the preparation stage, the U.S. military was watching, according to Fox News.

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