North Korean Leader Kim Tests New Anti-Aircraft Weapon

It comes just weeks after the North Koreans tested a long-range missile, an attempt to create an Inter Continental Ballistic Missile. The recent test, in June 2014, was a success, but followed three failures.

The missile-defence programme evolved from former President Ronald Reagan's push for a "Star Wars" solution to nuclear threats during the Cold War.

The official said that following the G7 foreign ministers' meeting in April, the G-7 again took a unified front and called for the North's denuclearization in the latest summit, which indicates the global community's determination regarding the North Korean nuclear issue.

United States military personnel will launch a custom missile meant to simulate an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which it will then attempt to shoot down.

Marine Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said this week that "left unchecked", Kim will eventually succeed.

Facing the growing threat from the North, the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency plans to shoot down an ICBM for the first time in an interceptor test on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

The section of the statement dealing with Pyongyang concluded with a reference to the plight of mainly Japanese citizens kidnapped by the North Korean regime and held, in some cases, for decades.

In a move that the Pentagon says is akin to hitting a bullet with another bullet, the missile launches into space, then deploys an "exoatmospheric kill vehicle", which uses kinetic energy to destroy the incoming target. "Testing against an ICBM-type threat is the next step in that process".

The Trump administration has yet to announce its intentions on missile defense.

It has also been reported that a third US Navy aircraft carrier will be deployed to the Western Pacific Ocean. "Many more weapons capable of striking the U.S. will be launched from this land".

South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it "strongly welcomed" the G7 leaders' declaration, noting the significance of the issue being raised on numerous fronts in the global society.

  • Leroy Wright