North Korea launched an ICBM on July 4, adding justification for the U.S. deployment of THAAD to South Korea.
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The United States said Tuesday it shot down a simulated, incoming intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) similar the ones being developed by countries like North Korea, in a new test of the nation's defenses.Planned months ago, the U.S. missile defense test over the Pacific Ocean has gained significance after North Korea's July 4 launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile heightened concerns about the threat from Pyongyang.The United States has deployed THAAD to Guam and South Korea to help guard against threats from North Korea.The United States deployed THAAD to South Korea this year to guard against North Korea's shorter-range missiles.China is North Korea's only major diplomatic ally and economic partner, and the U.S. and others have called on Beijing to use whatever leverage it has to pressure North Korea into curbing nuclear tests and missile launches that violate U.N. sanctions.
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