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U.S. successfully tests shooting down ballistic missile

U.S. successfully tests shooting down ballistic missile

The U.S., however, on Wednesday successfully shot down a medium-range ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii.

The Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai launched the target missile late Tuesday.

The USS John Paul Jones, a guided-missile destroyer successfully launched an SM-6 interceptor missile to shoot down the target.

"We will continue developing ballistic missile defense technologies to stay ahead of the threat as it evolves", MDA director Sam Greaves said. Sailors aboard the destroyer USS John Paul Jones tracked it with radar and fired an interceptor missile to shoot it down.

By firing a long-range missile over Japan that landed in the northern Pacific Ocean, North Korea is showing a total disregard for its global obligations, she said in a statement Tuesday.

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A United States official, however, told CNN the test had been planned for a long time and before North Korea's latest provocation.

"North Korea's reckless violation of its neighbours' territorial sovereignty and its direct threat to Japan's citizens have threatened both regional and global peace and security", she said.

The sense of urgency can partially be traced back due to rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula as North Korea's is rapidly advancing its burgeoning ballistic missile program. The military has conducted three tests in total, but during a test in June, the interceptor failed as a result of human error. It was the second missile test conducted by the US military this month.

In July, the Air Force launched a medium-range ballistic missile over the Pacific that was intercepted by a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system at a complex in Kodiak, Alaska. A Standard Missile-3 Block IIA jointly developed by the US and Japan failed to intercept its target.

A medium-range ballistic missile target is launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, during a defense test on August 29, 2017.

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