American forces successfully tried out on Sunday a missile
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 ICBM
(Intercontinental ballistic missile).
In the American test of the so-called THAAD
(Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) system, a medium-range missile
was launched from a US Air Force
C-17 aircraft flying over the Pacific and a THAAD
unit in Alaska
"detected, tracked and intercepted the target," the US Missile
Defense Agency said.
It said this was the 15th successful intercept in 15 tests for the weapons system known as THAAD.
said on Saturday it will speed up deployment of a THAAD
battery on its territory because of the latest North Korean test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
But new leader Moon Jae-In
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 Seoul
will now begin consultations on the "tentative deployment" parts of the THAAD
battery in response to the latest North Korean test.
deployment has infuriated China, which has long argued it will destabilise the region.