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Leery of N. Korea, US Plans First Test of ICBM Intercept

Leery of N. Korea, US Plans First Test of ICBM Intercept

Coming at a time of heightened tension between the U.S. and North Korea, the test is the first time the United States will try to intercept an ICBM.

The Pentagon is planning its first test of a system for shooting down an intercontinental-range missile.

Chinese officials understand the ugency of pressuring North Korea and said they have taken measures to tighten security at its border as part of the United Nations sanctions aimed at halting Pyongyang's nuclear and missile activities, the top US diplomat for East Asia said.

The most recent test, in June 2014, was a success, but that followed three straight failures.

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According to the agency, Kim Jong-un was very satisfied with the launch and ordered to begin serial production of this type of missile for North Korea's strategic forces.

The test will utilise America's Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, managed by Boeing, which counters airborne threats from North Korea and others by intercepting missiles.

Last Friday, North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador Kim In Ryong told U.N. correspondents that the government will rapidly strengthen its nuclear strike capability as long as the United States maintains its "hostile policy" toward the country.

"We conduct increasingly complex test scenarios as the program matures and advances", Johnson said Friday.

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While the test wasn't scheduled with the expectation of an imminent North Korean missile threat, the military will closely watch whether it shows progress toward the stated goal of being able to reliably shoot down a small number of ICBMs targeting the US.

Thornton said Beijing now understands "that they don't have, I think, as much time to try to bring the North Koreans to the table, get their calculus changed and get them to the negotiating table as they may have previously thought". There are now 32 interceptors housed in silos at Fort Greely in Alaska and four at Vandenberg, in California. The Pentagon says the USA will add eight more interceptors to its arsenal by the end of the year, bringing the total to 44.

The Australian minister referred to Haley's comments from March, where the US ambassador said the Trump administration was re-evaluating its options on North Korea.

Mr Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have agreed to expand sanctions against Pyongyang. He told reporters it was the first time that the G-7 had recognized the North Korean threat as a priority issue.

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