America has activated its multi-billion-dollar missile defence shield for the first time, it emerged yesterday, as concern mounted that North Korea was preparing to launch a long-range ballistic missile.
With a typical blast of fiery rhetoric, the Marxist regime suggested it had no intention of backing down over what would be its most bellicose step in eight years, saying it was not bound by a four-year moratorium on missile tests.
In eight tests the incoming missile was hit five times
The news that the Pentagon had switched its missile interceptor system from test mode to operational overshadowed President George W Bush's departure for today's key US-EU summit.
The alarm stems from satellite pictures that suggest North Korea has finished fuelling a new version of the Taepodong missile. It is believed to have a range of up to 9,300 miles, enabling it, in theory, to reach Alaska or the west coast of America, although it is unclear if it can be launched that far. Source.
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