North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un promised more missile flights over Japan, insisting his nuclear-armed nation's provocative launch was a mere "curtain-raiser", even as the United Nations condemned North Korea's "outrageous" firing of a ballistic missile over Japan, demanding that the isolated country halt its weapons programme but holding back on any threat of new sanctions. Earlier this week, an intermediate-range missile, identified by the North Koreans as a Hwasong-12, was sacked over Japan.
Those aboard the USS John Paul Jones detected and tracked the target missile using onboard radar equipment and used an interceptor missile to bring it down. That missile traveled over the northern island of Hokkaido and landed in the sea.
A USA official, however, told CNN the test had been planned for a long time and before North Korea's latest provocation.
"We are working closely with the fleet to develop this important new capability, and this was a key milestone", the agency's director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves said in a statement.
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A day after the latest North Korean missile launch, the U.S. military test-intercepted a ballistic missile off the Hawaii coast.
Monday's test missile was launched from Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai in Hawaii.
Deployed on U.S. Navy ships, SM-6 delivers a proven over-the-horizon offensive and defensive capability by leveraging the time-tested Standard Missile airframe and propulsion system. That was the 15th intercept in 15 tests for the THAAD system, according to the MDA.