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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.
Secretary of State Kerry said after discussions with Russia that a proposed peace conference on Syria is not likely to occur before at least September. Prosecutors in the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning said documents found in Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan prove he sought information from WikiLeaks. NSA leaker Edward Snowden is having difficulty finding asylum. Documents show al Qaeda ideologue Anwar al Awlaki spent thousands of dollars on prostitutes while under FBI surveillance in 2001 and 2002. The US tightened sanctions on the trade of metals to Iran, including the export of alumina, which can be used to make ceramic composites for weapons and armor.