Leery of North Korea, US plans first test of ICBM intercept

Leery of North Korea, US plans first test of ICBM intercept

Leery of North Korea, US plans first test of ICBM intercept

North Korea this year has conducted a series of missile tests as it strives to build an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was quoted by Pyongyang's state-run media Sunday to have ordered the mass production of a new type of antiaircraft guided weapon system after observing its successful test.

State media says the system is created to "detect and strike different targets flying from any location" - and footage showed the drill taking place.

North Korea does not now have an ICBM, but is presently working on a KN-14 missile, a two-stage projectile that might develop into one that might threaten the US.

In another apparent run-up to a possible World War 3, North Korea leader Kim Jong Un looked on Saturday as his military test-fired a new anti-aircraft missile created to stop a possible attack by United States bombers - even as two top USA admirals warned that Donald Trump may indeed launch a pre-emptive strike against North Korea.

"I can't imagine what they're going to say if it fails", Philip Coyle, senior science fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, told AP.

North Korea's defiant ballistic missile tests have created tensions with Washington in recent months.

Officials said the test was not scheduled with an imminent North Korean threat in mind, but it will be closely watched as to whether it shows progress compared to past tests.

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Last Monday, the secretive state said it had successfully tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile that met all technical requirements and could also be mass produced, but experts have questioned the extent of the country's progress.

Deployed in 2004 by the Bush administration, the GMD has never been used it combat.

According to the report, the North's deputy ambassador to the UN, Kim In-ryong, told reporters in NY on Friday that Sunday's launch of a Pukguksong-2, a medium-range ballistic missile, was successful. There now are 32 interceptors in silos at Fort Greely in Alaska and four at Vandenberg, north of Los Angeles.

Trump's fiscal 2018 budget request, released Tuesday, includes $7.9 billion for missile defense, including $821 million for more interceptors.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned the launch, saying repeated provocations by North Korea can't be tolerated.

In response, US President Donald Trump has deployed a host of aircraft carriers and attack submarines to increase pressure on the despotic nation.

Abe adds, "there is a danger it can spread like a contagious disease".

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