Spokesman for the Pentagon Capt Jeff Davis told Fox News Monday, that the U.S. military is set to conduct a test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) at the Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska “soon”.

The THAAD does not target intercontinental ballistic missiles, but it is used to intercept short- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The United States has placed THAAD Systems in South Korea and Guam to counter threats from North Korea.

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As North Korea has advanced in its offensive missile testing, the U.S has also conducted successful missile intercept tests. Earlier this month North Korea announced the launching of its first intercontinental ballistic missile to the dismay of the United States and the world.

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