US successfully conducts missile test over Pacific

US successfully conducts missile test over Pacific

The United States military successfully carried out a test of a missile-defense system over the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, ABC News and other outlets reported.

The test comes two days after North Korea's ballistic missile launch on Friday, though ABC News said the test was planned ahead of the latest North Korean show of aggression. 

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Forces tested the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in Alaska, launching a ballistic missile over the Pacific that was “detected, tracked, and intercepted,” the military said. 

U.S. Missile Defense Agency Director Sam Greaves told CNN the test, the 15th of its kind, is "to stay ahead of the evolving threat."
 
"In addition to successfully intercepting the target, the data collected will allow the Missile Defense Agency to enhance the THAAD weapon system," he said.
 
North Korea says its ballistic missile can reach all of the United States. Friday's test of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile was the second long-range weapon test in July.