30 Aug '17, 9pm

US Navy shoots down ballistic missile in test

US Navy shoots down ballistic missile in test

HONOLULU — The U.S. military has shot down a medium-range ballistic missile during a test off Hawaii. The Pacific Missile Range Facility on the island of Kauai launched the target missile late Tuesday. Sailors aboard the U.S. Navy destroyer John Paul Jones tracked the target with radar and then fired an interceptor missile to shoot it down. The test comes amid North Korea’s ballistic missile tests and rising tensions between the U.S and the North. Earlier Tuesday, North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan, a close U.S. ally, that landed in the Pacific Ocean. U.S. President Donald Trump said “all options are on the table” in response to the test. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for more weapons launches targeting the Pacific Ocean to advance his country’s ability to contain the U.S. territory of Guam, which is home to key U.S. military bases. The Hawaii test g...

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