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Beijing Holds Successful Missile Defense Test as Tensions with Korea Rise
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China announced Tuesday it successfully conducted a test of a ground-based missile defense system amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula.
Concerns over a potential conflict with nuclear-armed North Korea is growing following a series of bellicose statements between Washington and Pyongyang.
Monday's test of the mid-range missile system "achieved its anticipated goal" according to a brief statement by the Chinese defense ministry.
"This test was defensive. It does not target any country," it added.
The US deployed a missile defense system, known as THAAD, in South Korea to guard against threats from North Korea, despite objections from Beijing, which considers the installation a threat to its own security.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and War Secretary Jim Mattis have been pushing a diplomatic strategy to convince North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un to come to the table and negotiate away his nuclear weapons.
But other senior figures in the Trump Administration have reportedly endorsed the idea of a "bloody nose" strike to damage Kim's nuclear sector and show the US means business, hopefully without provoking a wider war.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team
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