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US Tests Ballistic Missile Defence System Off Hawai Coast

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| August 30 , 2017 , 20:45 IST

Amid rising tensions with North Korea and their bold claims, the United States on Wednesday successfully conducted a missile-defence test off the coast of Hawaii intercepting a medium-range ballistic missile.

The missile test was conducted by the US Missile Defence Agency and Navy sailors on the John Paul Jones, a guided-missile destroyer.

the Director of the Missile Defence Agency, Lieutenant General Sam Greaves said, "We are working closely with the fleet to develop this important new capability and this was a key milestone in advancing the capability to intercept missiles."

"We will continue developing ballistic missile-defence technologies to stay ahead of the threat as it evolves," he said.

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Tensions between the US and North Korea have been rising in recent months over Pyongyang's development of its nuclear programme.

The US regularly tests its missile-defence systems and this was the second time one of its Standard Missile-6 missiles successfully intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile, the agency said. The test had long been planned.

North Korea's most recent missile test on Tuesday prompted the Japanese government to tell residents to take cover. The missile travelled over the northern island of Hokkaido and landed in the sea. 

The country's state-run Korean Central News Agency quoted leader Kim Jong-un as saying that "like a real war", the latest drill was "the first step of the military operation of the KPA (Korean People's Army) in the Pacific and a meaningful prelude to containing Guam".