Ilknur Şebnem Öztemel -TDO-01.06.2017 The U.S. military conducted a successful test to intercept a mock ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean. It is alleged that the test is aimed to both protect the U.S. from the sort of ballistic missiles being developed by North Korea and give another message to Kin Jong-Un after increasing number of maritime operations in the region.  

In the test, the mock ICBM-class target was fired from the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Test Site in the Marshall Islands and an interceptor, launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, locked on the target and brought it down.

Jim Syring, director of the Missile Defense Agency, said “This test demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat”.

On the other hand, Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis, defended that the test is not in direct response to the current tensions with North Korea, argued that they ‘’learn’’ from each test, regardless of the outcome and that’s the reason they conduct these operations.  He stated that “Obviously, North Korea is one of the reasons why we have this capability but North Korea is not the only reason why we have this capability and why we test this capability. Iran also continues to develop more sophisticated missiles and improve the range and accuracy of current missile systems”. He added “Our goal is to continue to be able to tell you with confidence that we have the ability to defend the homeland."

Most recently, North Korea launched a Scud missile in Sunday. 

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