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North Korea's missile launch saw their dreaded ICBM fly into the Sea of Japan, after being in the air for more than half an hour.

The MDA said that the THAAD test against a ballistic missile target would be conducted at the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska in Kodiak, Alaska. "The nation with overwhelmingly the greatest leverage over North Korea is China". "North Korea's continued pursuit of nuclear& ballistic missile programmes and proliferation links pose grave threat to worldwide peace".

The THAAD is created to shoot down short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles with shorter ranges than the ICBM that North Korea launched.The test will involve the THAAD seeking to detect, track and engage a target with an interceptor missile.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said the long-range heavy bombers flew close to the tense and heavily militarised land border with the North before turning back.

It is believed Kim's new missile could obliterate a major USA city, with an estimated range of around 4,160 miles.

The interceptor will be fired from Alaska and will take place "in the coming days", the agency reported.

Created to shoot down short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles, each THAAD system is comprised of five major components.

Earlier in July, Moscow and Beijing called on Washington to immediately halt the deployment of THAAD in South Korea.

The MDA has claimed that THAAD had a 100 percent successful track record in its 13 flight tests since 2006.

Mr Turnbull said that in terms of a missile defence shield for Australia there had been talk of the THAAD system, which is being deployed in South Korea.

THAAD's prime contractor, Lockheed Martin Corp, stated the missile defense system can intercept missiles outside the Earth's atmosphere, as well as inside the atmosphere.


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