North Korea Tests Defense Shield-Busting Short-Range Missile

Aegis missile launch, cc Flickr U.S. Missile Defense Agency, modified, May 16, 2013 - A Standard Missile – 3 (SM-3) Block 1B interceptor is launched from the USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70) during a Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy test in the mid-Pacific. The SM-3 Block 1B successfully intercepted a target missile that had been launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii. Following target launch, the LAKE ERIE detected and tracked the target with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar. The ship, equipped with the second-generation Aegis BMD weapon system, developed a fire control solution and launched the SM-3 Block 1B. The intercept occurred a few minutes later. Today’s event was the third consecutive successful intercept test of the SM-3 Block IB missile. To learn more, visit

The latest round of North Korean missile tests produced visible discord between the United States and its East Asian ally. For Trump, the tests were business-as-usual – ‘a lot of people are testing those missiles’ – though the US president did later admit to being somewhat disappointed. The Japanese government took a more strident view, arguing that the tests were in violation of UN resolutions and thus were worthy of direct censure from the international community.

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