North Korea said it tested a ballistic missile that can reach all of the United States.
The test, directed over the Pacific Ocean, comes in the midst of elevated strains with North Korea, which on Saturday said it had led its own fruitful trial of a long-run intercontinental ballistic rocket (ICBM) that demonstrated it has the ability to strike American's territory.
It said this was the 15th successful intercept in 15 tests for the weapons system known as THAAD, which stands for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense.
On July 11, the US test-fired its THAAD anti-ballistic missile system from Kodiak Island, successfully intercepting a target missile launched from an Air Force Cargo plane north of Hawaii, according to Fox News. O'Shaughnessy, commander of the Pacific Air Forces, said in a statement.
"We have a responsibility to our allies and our nation to showcase our unwavering commitment while planning for the worst-case scenario".
The Hwasong-14 flew 998 kilometers for some 47 minutes at a maximum altitude of 3,724.9 kilometers, according to North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
If Friday's missile had been fired on a flatter, standard trajectory, it would have reached as far as NY and Boston, according to David Wright, a missile expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists, in an interview with CNN.
It was sacked by an Air Force Plane and intercepted by the defense system.
Sunday's test was the second successful test of the THAAD anti-missile system this month.
'A medium-range target ballistic missile (MRBM) was air-launched by a U.S. Air Force C-17 over the Pacific Ocean.
The US military this year began deploying THAAD to South Korea, a move that infuriated China, which has argued the deployment would further destabilize the situation on the Korean peninsula. It can shoot down short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles.
U.S., President Donald Trump had condemned the launch branding it as "reckless and dangerous". Against the deployment of this system in South Korea are China and Russian Federation.
"I am very disappointed in China". We will no longer allow this to continue. "China could easily solve this problem!" the tweets read.