Amid growing missile threats from North Korea, American missile defenses based in Alaska, California, and Guam, as well as on Navy ships, are capable of knocking out North Korean nuclear missiles, according to military leaders and experts.
President Donald Trump signed the Russia sanctions bill on Wednesday.
The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system was able to shoot down a target over Alaska during a test-run Tuesday, according to a news release published by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.
North Korea revealed a new mobile intercontinental ballistic missile during the dramatic July 4 flight test into the Sea of Japan as the Trump administration on Wednesday said it is ready to use force to counter the growing nuclear missile threat to the United States.
China achieved a breakthrough development for high-speed missiles equipped with a new high-technology ramjet engine, according to state media.
A U.S. missile defense site in South Korea was photographed by a North Korean drone last week, according to Seoul’s Defense Ministry.
The U.S. military said on Tuesday it had staged a successful, first-ever missile defense test involving a simulated attack by an intercontinental ballistic missile, as concerns mount over North Korea’s advancing missile and nuclear program.
North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Sunday in defiance of calls to rein in its weapons program, days after a new leader in its old rival South Korea came to power pledging to engage it in dialogue.
North Korea attempted to fire a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Friday, but it apparently blew up over land.
Former Obama administration official Tony Blinken said over the weekend that the U.S. “always knew” the 2013 agreement with Russia and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad did not clear all chemical weapons out of Syria.