US successfully tests THAAD missile defense system

The U.S. successfully tested its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile defense system Tuesday, amid rising tensions with North Korea.

During the drill, a THAAD weapon system in Kodiak, Alaska intercepted a ballistic missile that was launched north of Hawaii, according to a U.S Missile Defense Agency statement. THADD is used to protect the U.S. against short and intermediate  -- not intercontinental --  range ballistic missiles.

According to the Missile Defense Agency the successful launch bolsters the U.S.’ defensive capability against North Korea’s missile threats.