Chrystia Freeland: North Korea Missile Test 'Reckless' Violation Of Japan's Sovereignty

Aug 31, 2017, 01:22
Chrystia Freeland: North Korea Missile Test 'Reckless' Violation Of Japan's Sovereignty

The Standard Missile-6, built by major United States defense contractor Raytheon, intercepted the missile target at sea in its final seconds of flight after being fired from the USS John Paul Jones.

The missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii.

Gen. Sam Greaves said the Hawai'i test gives Navy ships enhanced capability to defeat ballistic missiles in their last stage of flight.

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"The recent ballistic missile defense test off the coast of Hawaii demonstrates that Aegis can execute complicated missions against a medium-range ballistic missile target", said Paul Klammer, director, Aegis BMD, for Lockheed Martin. Sailors aboard the destroyer USS John Paul Jones tracked it with radar and fired an interceptor missile to shoot it down. It was the third time a North Korean missile overflew one of Japan's four main islands, with previous tests in 1998 and 2009.

A USA official, however, told CNN the test had been planned for a long time and before North Korea's latest provocation. The test was considered a direct challenge to President Trump, who has threatened the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, that America would respond with "fire and fury" to provocations.

The U.S. frequently tests elements of its missile defense systems.

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The destroyer fired a Standard Missile-6 or SM-6 interceptor.

This test marks the second time that a SM-6 missile has successfully intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target, officials said. That was the 15th intercept in 15 tests for the THAAD system, according to the MDA.

Hawaii missile test on Monday: The latest US test came days after North Korea fired a Hwasong-12 missile over Japan, an ally of the United States.

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Separately, the MDA this week awarded Raytheon Missile Systems a $615 million contract, with $45 million in fiscal 2017 funding obligated initially, to produce 17 Standard Missile-3 Block IIA ballistic-missile interceptors and perform related work.

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