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U.S. to test anti-missile system in Alaska

India on Friday expressed concern over North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, saying it posed a grave threat to global peace and stability.In response, US and South Korean soldiers fired ballistic missiles simultaneously in a drill on Wednesday, simulating an attack on the North’s leadership “as a strong message of warning”, the South’s military said at the time.Reacting to North Korea’s launch of a nuclear missile a couple of days ago, India on Friday released a statement saying that it is a threat to worldwide peace.China registered their anger over THAAD implementation as it would had led to a weakening of their own ballistic missile system. The THAAD is based at the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska in Kodiak, Alaska, a Department of Defence official told CNN late Friday.The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to be tested is created to intercept and destroy short-, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles during their final phase of flight.The U.S. Missile Defense Agency said July 7 that it will within days test a sophisticated anti-ballistic missile system after North Korea this week launched a missile deemed capable of striking Alaska.The test is designated as Flight Test THAAD (FTT)-18.US and South Korean forces fire off missiles from the South’s Hyunmu-2 Missile System and the US M20 Multiple Launch Rocket System. This drew criticism from China. The joint statement claimed that Washington was using North Korea as a pretext to expand its military infrastructure in Asia.However, the U.S.is intent on protecting South Korea, Japan, and Alaska from potential missile attack. Is the growing threat from North Korea enough to sway congress to continue the deployment in South Korea?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.