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Pentagon successfully tests missile defense system amid rising concerns about North Korea

Pentagon successfully tests missile defense system amid rising concerns about North Korea

Amid heightened concerns over the threat posed by North Korea, a much-anticipated test of the homeland missile defense system succeeded Tuesday, when a rocket launched from the Santa Barbara County coast hit and destroyed a target warhead fired into space from across the Pacific Ocean, U.S. officials said.

The rocket launch, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, 60 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, unfolded in the early afternoon under cloudy conditions. The target missile was launched from thousands of miles away, at Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

The director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, Vice Adm. James D. Syring, called the intercept “an incredible...

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