US Confident It Can Intercept Any North Korean Missile

Cheryl Sanders
April 16, 2017

The launch comes just days after Pyongyang said it planned to mark two key anniversaries this month as "big" political events, and just days before President Trump meets with China's Xi Jinping - with North Korea at the top of the agenda. On the other hand, the North American Aerospace Defense Command stated that North Korea's missile launch did not pose a threat to North America.

North Korea's medium-range ballistic missile was tracked by the U.S. Pacific Command, which was initially assessment for nearly 10 minutes before crashing into the sea.

Donald Trump's National Security Adviser HR McMaster, in a phone call with his South Korean counterpart, agreed on the need for deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system in South Korea.

A North Korean flag, center, is displayed during 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship Division II Group A game at Kwandong Hockey Center in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

Trump has called on China to step up and rein in Kim, while Beijing has urged the reconsider its plan to put an Army missile system in South Korea aimed at intercepting short- and medium-range systems.

Any launch of objects using the ballistic missile technology is a violation of Security Council resolutions, but the North has defied the ban as an infringement on its sovereign rights to self-defense and pursuit of space exploration. Robinson said she believed the U.S. could detect and shoot down any hypothetical future missiles the North Koreans manage to get ahold of.

Shortly after this test occurred, the US delivered the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system to South Korea, a process which the USA started working on with its ally after the flurry of North Korean missile tests in 2016.

United States officials reportedly determined that the missile was a medium-range Scud ER and suffered an in-flight failure.

US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift said diplomatic and economic measures against North Korea have not had the results that people were expecting.

She says each time North Korea fires a missile they learn something and is very concerned with the progression of the testing.

The summit is expected to include talks on the nuclear threat from the North.

The missile could cover a full range of targets in North Korea if deployed from the southeastern city of Pohang.

The next US intercept attempt will be the first since a successful test in June 2014.

As well as a growing list of ballistic missile launches, North Korea has also conducted two nuclear weapons tests since January 2016.

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