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United States envoy: China trying to end N. Korea tests

United States envoy: China trying to end N. Korea tests

The test followed an increase in the pace of North Korean missile tests over the past year in its declared effort to develop an ICBM that has the ability to strike the US mainland.

North Korea on Wednesday said it is ready to test launch intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), one day after the USA successfully tested a defence system to intercept such projectiles.

The U.S. "must know our declaration that we can turn the devils' den into ashes with nuclear weapons is not an empty threat", the Rodong Sinmun said in its report Tuesday.

"Initial indications are that the test met its primary objective, but program officials will continue to evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test", his statement said.

Previously, the GMD system had successfully hit its target in only nine of 17 tests since 1999.




"North Korea has shown great disrespect North Korea has shown great disrespect for their neighbor, China, by shooting off yet another ballistic missile", he wrote.

Pentagon spokesman, Captain Jeff Davis, addressed North Korea in his remarks to the media saying, "Obviously, North Korea is one of the reasons why we have this capability, but North Korea is not the only reason..."

"The interception of a complex, threat-representative ICBM target is an incredible accomplishment" for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system and a "critical milestone" for this program, Vice Adm. Jim Syring, director of the MDA, said in a statement. The article was released after the Air Force conducted an ICBM intercept test, firing an interceptor from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at a mock ICBM fired from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific. However, the interceptor technology has been making steady advances throughout the life of the program. North Korea was not specifically mentioned. "This is critical in defending our homeland from USA adversaries".

Philip E. Coyle, a former head of the Pentagon's test and evaluation office and a senior fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, said Tuesday's outcome was a significant success for a test that was three years in preparation, but he noted that it was only the second success in the last five intercept attempts since 2010.

The commentary also called for the removal of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system.


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