July 5, 2006 —
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – U.S. Northern Command officials acknowledged today that the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea has launched a sixth short-range ballistic missile from Kittaeryong into the Sea of Japan.
It is the seventh launch from the DPRK that trained personnel stationed at the headquarters of the command based in Colorado Springs, Colo., have been able to detect and monitor since Tuesday.
USNORTHCOM personnel continue to monitor using various worldwide ground-, sea- and space-based sensors.
While Ground-based Midcourse Defense System interceptors at Fort Greely, Alaska, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., were operational during the flight, top officials from the command were able to determine quickly that the launch posed no threat to United States or its territories.
The GMD System is available when needed to defend the United States, its allies, infrastructure and population centers. Missile defense crews are trained and our systems are ready to respond as necessary. U.S. Northern Command has the primary responsibility to direct missile defense operations to protect the homeland, allies, friends and other national interests from potentially hostile acts.
Command officials will not discuss under what circumstances or conditions deployment of the interceptors will be considered.