Beijing holds successful missile defense test

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11:59 PM February 6th, 2018

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By: AFP, February 6th, 2018 11:59 PM

CHINA said Tuesday it successfully conducted a test of a ground-based missile defense system amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Concern over a potential conflict with nuclear-armed North Korea is growing following a series of bellicose statements between Washington and Pyongyang.

Monday’s test of the mid-range missile system “achieved its anticipated goal” according to a brief statement by the Chinese defense ministry.

“This test was defensive. It does not target any country,” it added.

The US has deployed a missile defense system, known as THAAD, in South Korea to guard against threats from North Korea, despite objections from Beijing, which considers the installation a threat to its own security.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis have been pushing a diplomatic strategy to convince North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un to come to the table and negotiate away his nuclear weapons.

But other senior figures in the Trump Administration have reportedly endorsed the idea of a “bloody nose” strike to damage Kim’s nuclear sector and show the US means business, hopefully without provoking a wider war.

Trump’s pick for ambassador to South Korea, Victor Cha, was dropped after refusing to endorse the idea, according to a recent article in the Washington Post.

During last week’s State of the Union address, Trump warned that Pyongyang’s weapons program “could very soon threaten our homeland.”

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