The Pentagon announced on Wednesday the success of the US military in intercepting a medium-range ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii as part of the test of the missile deterrent system.
The US Missile Defense Agency and the US Navy conducted the test with the USS John Paul, via the Standard Missile-6 guided missiles (SM-6). The missile was fired from the military base in Kawai, Hawaii.
The test comes after North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un warned that there would be “further ballistic missile tests in the future, and the Pacific would be a target.”
The US Missile Defense Agency said the test would give the naval component of the US missile defense shield “better capability to meet ballistic missiles in its final stage.”
“We are continuing to develop our defense technologies to counter ballistic missiles in order to stay ahead of the threat that is developing,” IAEA Director General Samger Graves said in a statement.
This is the second time that the SM-6 has intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile.