U.S. successfully tests shooting down ballistic missile

Aug 31, 2017, 01:22

A Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) guided missile is launched from the Navy destroyer USS John Paul Jones during a successful defense test on August 29, 2017, that intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target.

The U.S. military shot down a medium-range ballistic missile during a test off Hawaii, officials said.

"We will continue developing ballistic missile defense technologies to stay ahead of the threat as it evolves", Greaves said.

Guided-missile destroyers such as the John Paul Jones could be used to intercept a North Korean missile from locations in the Sea of Japan and elsewhere in the Pacific.

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This is the second time a SM-6 missile has intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target, according to the MDA.

The target was successfully intercepted by SM-6 missiles fired from the USS John Paul Jones.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says North Korea's latest provocative missile test is a reckless violation of Japan's sovereignty. It was the second missile test conducted by the US military this month. An earlier test of the same interceptor in February succeeded. The test was considered a direct challenge to President Trump, who has threatened the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, that America would respond with "fire and fury" to provocations.

"Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime's isolation in the region and among all nations of the world", Trump said after the North's missile soared nearly 1,700 miles into the Pacific Ocean, triggering alert warnings in northern Japan and shudders throughout Northeast Asia.

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The test comes amid heightened tensions between North Korea and the US.

The destroyer fired a Standard Missile-6 or SM-6 interceptor.

In that test, the interceptor collided with the ICBM-class target over the Pacific Ocean a little more than one hour after it was launched.

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