U.S. says anti-missile defense capability outpacing long-range missile threats

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Republican Senator Dan Sullivan says the Pentagon's successful missile intercept test sends a clear message to North Korea's "unstable dictator".

Vice Adm. Jim Syring, director of the Defense Department's Missile Defense Agency, told Pentagon reporters that the test included decoys and replicated a very specific scenario in the Pacific. "And I'm even more confident today after seeing the intercept test yesterday that we continue to be on that course", Syring said.

Davis said Iran's ballistic missile capability also continues to threaten US strategic interests in the Middle East.

But despite its success, the £190million test didn't confirm that the United States could intercept an intercontinental-range missile fired by North Korea under wartime conditions.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Alabama), chairman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, said the successful test will help deter US adversaries.

Senator Richard Shelby provided a great summary of the test on his Facebook page, writing "Great news for our country and for Huntsville!"

Iran's missile program is considered a threat by the United States and its allies in the Middle East.Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) test-fired several ballistic missiles in May and an IRGC official announced last week that Iran built a third underground ballistic missile production factory and said it would keep advancing its program.

French defence continues for Muguruza
You give me the courage and strength to keep going in every point. "I don't think that they crossed the line", Mladenovic said. It was his 100th best-of-five-set match on the red clay of Roland-Garros, as well as his best ever, in terms of games lost .

Syring said the test is estimated to have cost $244 million.

Coyle also noted, "The mock enemy target was only barely of ICBM range and slower than an ICBM from North Korea to Los Angeles", adding, "The closing velocity, the closure rate between the target and the interceptor also was slower than an intercept would be between a North Korean ICBM and a USA interceptor".

Scud missile parts and equipment found in the cargo hold aboard the North Korean vessel, "So San" discovered after being boarded by Spanish Special Forces in the Gulf of Aden on December 9, 2002. The test simulated the interception of a missile fired from the Marshall Islands.

The test record for USA ballistic missile defense systems is mixed - before Tuesday, nine of 17 attempts by a system like this since 1999 have been successful.

The American interceptor has an uneven track record, having succeeded nine times out of 17 attempts against missiles in test since 1999, although the most recent test - in June 2014 - was a success.

The Pentagon has other elements of missile defense that have shown to be more reliable, although they are created to work against medium-range or shorter-range ballistic missiles. Once again, the act of aggression has heightened the tension in the area and indicated that North Korea could be a threat to both South Korea and the U.S. North Korea has also issued official statements that it has been working on the ICBM that can reach the West Coast.

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