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A test of the long-range missile interceptor system failed today; the last successful intercept by the system, which has had a 50% test success rate, was in 2008. In March the Pentagon announced plans to add 14 more interceptors to the system at a cost of $1 billion. The investment is intended to show the US's intention to deter aggression from North Korea.
The State Department said the US is "very concerned" about the situation in Egypt; refusing to take sides, the US called for the Morsi government to reduce the violence and be more responsive to the Egyptian people. About 500 Marines from a crisis-response unit have deployed to Spain and Italy. On July 5 the US military will aim for first successful missile intercept test since December 2008; two similar tests in 2010 were failures. Another test with a newer warhead is slated for later this year; if successful, the planned expansion of the current ground-based interceptor system will begin.