WASHINGTON — U.S. forces shot down a medium-range ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii Wednesday as part of a test conducted amid heightened regional tensions.

Early Wednesday local time, U.S. Navy sailors on the USS John Paul Jones “successfully conducted a complex defense flight test,” according to a statement by the Missile Defense Agency, a section of the Defense Department.

“We are working closely with the fleet to develop this important new capability, and this was a key milestone,” the agency’s director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves said in a statement. “We will continue developing ballistic missile defense technologies to stay ahead of the threat as it evolves.”

This is not the first time the U.S. forces have conducted this sort of test.

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Wednesday’s move by the U.S. came after a series of North Korean missile tests and threats by Kim Jong Un. On Monday, Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile over Japan. This prompted President Donald Trump to say the U.S. is “100 percent with Japan.”

In a statement released by the White House on Tuesday, Trump reiterated that “all options are on the table” when it comes to North Korea.

He added: “Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world.”

The U.S. and South Korea are currently conducting war games, and North Korea typically reacts with anger to such military drills.

North Korea aims to build an arsenal of nuclear missiles that can reliably target the United States. In addition, leader Kim has conducted several long-range ballistic missile tests this year, including firing two intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Courtney Kube reported from Washington, F. Brinley Bruton reported from London

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