U.S. THAAD missile defenses hit test target as North Korea tension rises

U.S. THAAD missile defenses hit test target as North Korea tension risesBy Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Tuesday it shot down a simulated, incoming intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) similar to the ones being developed by countries like North Korea, in a new test of the nation’s THAAD missile defenses. Planned months ago, the U.S. missile defense test over the Pacific Ocean has gained significance after North Korea’s July 4 launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) heightened concerns about the threat from Pyongyang.



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