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By Ryan Pickrell
The Pentagon is reportedly planning to practice shooting down long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) like the one that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un hopes to field.
North Korea’s ballistic missile program is progressing faster than expected, and the Department of Defense is investing in improved missile defense systems, including a first ICBM intercept test, according to Matt Lee from the Associated Press.
The North recently tested the Hwasong-12, a new medium, long-range ballistic missile, which some observers believe could be the technological predecessor to an eventual North Korean ICBM.
The North has not yet tested an ICBM, but Kim Jong Un claimed January that his country was in the final stages of preparation for an ICBM test.