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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1999
No one can argue that the proliferation of advanced offensive weapons of any kind poses a danger to the world peace. President of the Republic of Korea Kim Dae Jung's call on North Korea to cancel its test-firing of a long-range missile is justified and practical ("Pain Would Follow Missile Test," Commentary, Aug. 30). But in order to carry out a meaningful negotiation, one must also have a clear perspective from the viewpoint of one's opponent. If North Korea is to be persuaded to cancel its missile test, wouldn't it be natural for it to ask about the missile tests that are being carried out continuously by the U.S., which not only supplies the weaponry to the Republic of Korea but also stations its armed forces on the Korean Peninsula and across the Sea of Japan?
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WORLD
September 3, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Israel said it carried out a joint missile test with the U.S. over the Mediterranean Sea that was detected Tuesday morning by a Russian radar system. Earlier in the day, Russia announced the detection of two "ballistic" objects over the Mediterranean, state-run media outlets RIA-Novosti and ITAR-TASS reported. The two launches were picked up at 10:16 a.m. Moscow time, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reportedly informed President Vladimir Putin. The news initially raised concerns of a possible missile strike against Syria -- the U.S. is weighing an attack on the country in the wake of an alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government -- but the Russian Embassy in Damascus reported no sign of any explosions or damage from missiles, RIA-Novosti reported.
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WORLD
December 17, 2009 | By Ramin Mostaghim
Iranian authorities confronted their international and domestic rivals Wednesday, angering the West by testing a high-speed missile and raising political tensions at home by warning reformist opposition leaders they could be arrested. Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi, Iran's defense minister, lauded the latest test-firing of the Sejil-2 surface-to-surface missile, which was broadcast on television in Iran. He praised the upgraded version of the missile for "its remarkable speed in entering the atmosphere, its strong impact and its radar-evading covers," and for its quick blastoff time, state television reported.
WORLD
September 3, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders and Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
JERUSALEM - Israel said Tuesday that it had tested a new version of its Sparrow target missile over the Mediterranean Sea, an unannounced launch that was immediately detected by Russia and quickly raised tensions in a region already on edge over a possible U.S. strike against Syria. U.S. and Israeli officials initially refused to comment on the test, raising questions about who was behind the launch and what was targeted. Russia was the first to announce that it had detected two unknown ballistic launches at about 9:15 a.m. Jerusalem time.
WORLD
November 6, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
North Korea says it will resume missile test launches unless Tokyo stops making Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program and the fate of five Japanese abductees central to normalizing relations. North Korea's official news agency said Japan's stance on the abductees and its demands that North Korea stop developing nuclear arms are "creating very serious issues as [they are] illogical." Officials from the two sides held a round of normalization talks last month.
WORLD
May 10, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
India test-fired an air-to-air missile only hours before Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage arrived in New Delhi to encourage the unfolding peace initiatives between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan. Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has said his country was seeking friendship with Pakistan, but would move prudently toward restoring relations.
WORLD
December 26, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Russia successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads, a weapon intended to replace aging Soviet-era missiles. The RS-24 missile was launched from a facility in northern Russia and its test warheads successfully hit designated targets on the Kamchatka Peninsula about 4,340 miles to the east, a spokesman said. Officials would not say how many warheads the missile carried, but news reports said it could carry at least three.
NEWS
May 4, 2001 | Associated Press
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il pledged to keep a moratorium on missile tests until 2003, but he said there would be no inter-Korean summit as long as the U.S. is reviewing its policy toward the North, a European delegation said Thursday. The promise to adhere to the moratorium was significant progress in a process that has stalled amid U.S.-North Korean tension. Earlier this year, North Korea threatened to end the moratorium on long-range missile tests.
NEWS
December 3, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. spy satellites detected preliminary North Korean preparations for another missile test-launch, and Washington warned that further missile tests would hamper ties between the nations. "The United States does view the North Korean missile program as a serious threat to the region," State Department spokesman James P. Rubin said. The North Koreans have been moving parts of their new Taepo Dong-1 missile to a launch pad since about Nov. 20, according to U.S. spy satellites.
WORLD
September 3, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
South Korean and U.S. intelligence officials have detected suspicious vehicle movements at a major North Korean missile test site, a news report said today, amid lingering tensions over the country's weapons program. "Military intelligence officials have spotted movements by several large vehicles in the North's Gitdaeryeong area," South Korea's Yonhap news agency said, citing an unnamed government official.
WORLD
April 9, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Japan readied its missile defense systems Tuesday against a possible North Korean weapons test, saying it would shoot down any missiles or debris if Japanese territory was threatened. Patriot anti-missile batteries were deployed on the grounds of the Defense Ministry in Tokyo and at military installations in and around the capital, according to Japanese news reports. The PAC-3 batteries will also be based on the island of Okinawa, which hosts the bulk of U.S. troops in Japan, sooner than planned in response to North Korea's threats, the Asahi Shimbun reported . Deploying the anti-missile system in Tokyo is “part of our moves to establish a system to protect the lives of our citizens and ensure their safety,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a news conference, according to Jiji Press . Suga earlier said that the missiles will be used solely to protect Japan, according to the Japan Times . Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pushed for Japan to reinterpret its constitution, which bans waging war, to allow Japan to intercept missiles fired at United States targets.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
The Missile Defense Agency breathed a sigh of relief after carrying out a successful flight test of an interceptor missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base, northwest of Santa Barbara. Saturday's test was on the Boeing-designed ground-based defense system's ability to defend the U.S. from the threat of ballistic missile attacks. It involved the launch of a three-stage interceptor from a silo on the base at 2 p.m. PST.  After blastoff, the booster deployed the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle made by Raytheon Co. to a designated point in space.
WORLD
April 19, 2012 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
NEW DELHI - India on Thursday successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile that landed 20 minutes later in the Indian Ocean. The 50-ton, 55-foot three-stage Agni V rocket, named after the Hindu god for fire and dubbed the "China killer" by some in India's hyperactive news media, reportedly reached its target at the outer end of its 3,100-mile range, confirming that the weapon system can reach Shanghai and Beijing. It lifted off from an island in the eastern state of Odisha.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2010 | By W.J. Hennigan
A flying Boeing 747 jumbo jet equipped with a massive laser gun shot down a Scud-like missile over the Pacific late Thursday night, marking what analysts said was a major milestone in the development of the nation's missile defense system. The test shoot-down at 8:44 p.m. over a military test range near Point Mugu is expected to renew debate over spending billions of dollars for a system that is years behind schedule and derided by some as irrelevant in today's conflicts. The test, which the Pentagon described as a success, could also help resuscitate an important military program for Southern California, where much of the high-tech system has been developed and tested.
WORLD
December 19, 2009 | By Ramin Mostaghim
A top Iranian nuclear official sought Friday to ease international worries about his nation's nuclear program days after Tehran test-fired an upgraded medium-range missile that alarmed the West. Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the country's Atomic Energy Organization, said Iran won't have a new generation of more efficient centrifuges for the production of nuclear fuel until 2011 and won't have its heavy-water plant in Arak operational for "three or four years." His statement was a possible attempt at reassuring world powers that there was no hurry to place new sanctions on Iran.
WORLD
December 17, 2009 | By Ramin Mostaghim
Iranian authorities confronted their international and domestic rivals Wednesday, angering the West by testing a high-speed missile and raising political tensions at home by warning reformist opposition leaders they could be arrested. Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi, Iran's defense minister, lauded the latest test-firing of the Sejil-2 surface-to-surface missile, which was broadcast on television in Iran. He praised the upgraded version of the missile for "its remarkable speed in entering the atmosphere, its strong impact and its radar-evading covers," and for its quick blastoff time, state television reported.
WORLD
January 22, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Iran announced new tests of short-range missiles Sunday, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed contentions that his nation's economy had been hurt by United Nations sanctions imposed over its uranium enrichment program. The missile tests come as the U.S. Navy is sending a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf. U.S. officials said the John C. Stennis, which is scheduled to arrive in the Middle East in a few weeks, was meant as a warning to Iran.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
Florence Foster, an electronics technician who blew the whistle on a tiny Los Angeles-area outpost of Northrop Corp., which led to a massive criminal case involving the falsification of tests on cruise missiles, has died. She was 68. Foster died July 30 of renal failure at a Covina hospital, said her daughter, Jolene C. Vargas. After becoming one of about 30 employees in 1983 at a small division of Northrop, located in El Monte and then Pomona, Foster quickly knew "something was terribly wrong," she told The Times several years later.
WORLD
July 3, 2009 | John M. Glionna
North Korea test-fired four short-range missiles Thursday, according to South Korea's Defense Ministry. The launches came just weeks after the reclusive state warned vessels to avoid its coastline because of projected military maneuvers. The regime sent up what officials said were two anti-ship missiles that flew 60 miles before splashing down in the sea. Two more short-range missiles were fired a few hours later.
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