North Korea launch increases focus on risky U.S. shootdown option

North Korea launch increases focus on risky U.S. shootdown optionBy Matt Spetalnick and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile over Japan could increase pressure on Washington to consider shooting down future test launches, although there is no guarantee of success and U.S. officials are wary of a dangerous escalation with Pyongyang. More attention is likely to focus on the prospects for intercepting a missile in flight after North Korea on Tuesday conducted one of its boldest missile tests in years, one government official said. Such a decision would not be taken lightly given tensions over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.



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