U.S. plans THAAD test after North Korea’s ICBM shock
08 July 2017 | 6:00 am
The United States plans to carry out a new test of its THAAD missile defense system against an intermediate-range ballistic missile in the coming days, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Friday, as tensions with North Korea climb.
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