e US military planning a new test of its THAAD missile defense system within days, as tensions with North Korea sore. The test in the works for months, but gaining urgency after Pyongyang's successful launch of its first intercontinental ballistic missile on July 4th, that it said could carry a nuclear warhead.
Reuters learning that THAAD interceptors will be fired from the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Alaska, which experts believe is within the range of the type of missile fired this week by North Korea. The ground-based THAAD system was recently deployed to South Korea to guard against an attack from the North.
The US has claimed a 100% success rate in THAAD's 13 earlier tests, but THAAD is designed to intercept shorter-range missiles. A system based on the American West Coast meant to shoot down an ICBM like the one North Korea fired this week, has failed to do so in about half of the tests so far.