Why didn’t the US shoot down North Korea’s missile? Maybe because it couldn’t | Joshua Pollack

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Pyongyang’s claim that it has tested a hydrogen bomb that can be loaded on a ballistic missile raises questions about how good the west’s defence systems are

Perhaps no aspect of national defence is as poorly understood as ballistic missile defence. After North Korea’s shot over Japan last week with an intermediate-range ballistic missile, many people wanted to know why it wasn’t shot down. The answers may be disappointing – but hopefully they will also be enlightening.

Focus on missile defence capabilities will only increase after Pyongyang’s claims on Sunday that it had tested a hydrogen bomb that can be loaded on to an intercontinental ballistic missile.

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