US considers intercepting North Korean missile tests: report – The Hill

The U.S. military is reportedly considering shooting down future North Korean missile tests.

Two sources briefed on the planning told The Guardian that such a strategy could be adopted as a show of strength to Pyongyang.

According to the report, the option has been presented to Congress by Defense Secretary James Mattis but the military has not yet decided to act.

One source told the newspaper that a potential missile interception would occur after a nuclear test, as a warning sign to North Korea that the U.S. is willing to retaliate with force if Pyongyang continues to test nuclear weapons.

Both sources said Washington is seeking to use a system such as the Aegis missile-defense aboard a U.S. navy destroyer to shoot down a potential missile test.

Other options also include convincing Japan to use its missile-defense capabilities to intercept ballistic missiles in Japanese waters. 

According to The Guardian, both sources also said the U.S. is not planning to use its sophisticated Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to shoot down a potential missile test.

North Korea attempted yet another missile test over the weekend, despite the heavy U.S. military presence in the region. The missile exploded shortly after launch.

US considers intercepting North Korean missile tests: report – The Hill

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