WASHINGTON, June 20 (Xinhua) -- The United States has
activated its ground-based interceptor missile defense system amid concerns over
a possible missile launch by the Democratic People's Republicof Korea (DPRK),
news reports said Tuesday.
An American defense official has confirmed a
Washington Times report on Tuesday that the Pentagon had switched its
multibillion-dollar missile defense system from test mode to operational,
"It's good to be ready," the official was quoted as
The Washington Times reported Tuesday that the
Pentagon activated its missile defense system within the past two weeks and that
U.S. officials announced any long-range missile launch by the DPRK would be
considered a "provocative act."
An option being considered would be to shoot down the
missile with responding interceptors, the Times report quoted a senior
administration official as saying.
Two U.S. Navy Aegis warships were patrolling near the
DPRK as part of the global missile defense and would be among the first sensors
that would trigger the use of interceptors, the report said.
The United States has installed to date 11
ground-based missiles for its missile defense system - nine at Fort Greely,
Alaska and two at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, to intercept and
destroy incoming long-range missiles in space. Enditem