United States conducts missile test off Kauai amid growing tensions with N. Korea


The missile defence drill was conducted from the Arleigh Burke-class USS John Paul Jones, state the statement issue by US Missile Defence Agency (MDA) on Wednesday.

The US Missile Defense Agency said it had conducted jointly with the US Navy soldiers missile defense flight test, intercepting a medium-range ballistic missile target off the coast of Hawaii.

Tensions between the USA and North Korea have been rising in recent months over Pyongyang's development of its nuclear programme.

After North Korea launched a missile over Japan, the Hermit Kingdom threatened more launches into the Pacific.

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Guided-missile destroyers such as the John Paul Jones could be used to intercept a North Korean missile from locations in the Sea of Japan and elsewhere in the Pacific. The US President's comments follow his declaration that "all options are on the table" after the North Korean missile flew over the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

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

The ship detected and tracked a target missile launched from Kauai, Hawaii, "with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar, and onboard SM-6 missiles executed the intercept", the statement read. It's the only missile that supports anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare and sea-based terminal ballistic missile defense in one solution-and it's enabling the US and its allies to cost-effectively increase the offensive might of surface forces.

"We will continue developing ballistic missile-defence technologies to stay ahead of the threat as it evolves", he said. Washington and its allies called an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting for later Tuesday, but looked short on new ideas for stopping the nuclear and missile advances that are increasingly putting the US mainland within range.