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US successfully tests missile-interceptor system amid threat from N Korea

The test of the so-called THAAD system came two days after North Korea's second test of an ICBM

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American forces successfully tried out on Sunday a interception system the United Stataes (US) hopes to set up on the Korean peninsula, military officials said following a trial just days after North Korea's second test of an (Intercontinental ballistic missile).

In the American test of the so-called (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) system, a medium-range was launched from a C-17 aircraft flying over the Pacific and a unit in "detected, tracked and intercepted the target," the US Defense Agency said.

It said this was the 15th successful intercept in 15 tests for the weapons system known as

said on Saturday it will speed up deployment of a battery on its territory because of the latest North Korean test of an intercontinental ballistic

Parts of the defense system were brought into under the government of ousted president

But new leader suspended deployment of the programme last month, citing the need for a new environmental impact assessment.

However, South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-Moo said on Saturday that will now begin consultations on the "tentative deployment" parts of the battery in response to the latest North Korean test.

The deployment has infuriated China, which has long argued it will destabilise the region.

First Published: Sun, July 30 2017. 20:04 IST