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10 July 2017, 12:56 | Kara Nash
Alaskans not alarmed about North Korea threat
Following the successful North Korean ICBM test earlier in the week, the United States has announced its intention to carry out a new test of their THAAD missile defense system, an attempt to shoot down an IRBM simulating an attack around the THAADs in Alaska.
The U.S. test, first revealed to Reuters by unnamed sources and planned months ago, will use interceptors stationed in Alaska, a location on the front lines of a potential attack by North Korea.
Created to take out short, medium and intermediate-range ballistic missiles, Lockheed Martin says that using powerful radar systems, THAAD can intercept missiles traveling inside and outside the Earth's atmosphere.
THAAD is a ground-based missile defence system created to shoot down short-, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.
US officials revealed the upcoming drill on condition of anonymity and now the US Missile Defense Agency has confirmed the plan. Such missiles, if launched from North Korea, would be incapable of reaching the West Coast, but could strike as far as Alaska.
MDA saidTHAAD had a 100 percent successful track record in its 13 flight tests since 2006.
This handout photo taken on July 5, 2017 shows US M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System firing an MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile into the East Sea from an undisclosed location on South Korea. After previous tests, the USA military has publicly disclosed the results.
Asked on Friday about acquiring a missile defence system, Mr Turnbull said the Australia's focus was on protecting deployed forces in the field and that the answer to the North Korean threat was the denuclearisation of North Korea.
"I appreciate the things that you have done relative to the very substantial problem that we all face in North Korea, a problem that something has to be done about", he said, according to South Korean Jonhap News agency. But advocates note that the technology has improved dramatically in recent years. Further, it called upon North Korea to refrain from such actions that undermine global peace.
Haley added that if North Korea continues to be involved in these activities, it must be prepared to defend itself and its allies. "It is a dark day because yesterday's actions by North Korea made the world a more unsafe place".
The full House of Representatives is due to consider the bill, and its amendments, next week.
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