Why didn't the US shoot down the NK missile

Word is the missile was airborne for 30 min. How did the US know it was a test and not bound for another country. 

 

Shouldn't they be shooting it down? 

I think I heard on the news its trajectory was towards Russia. So maybe we didn't give a shit

You don't spank a puppet.

I'm sure they knew it wasn't carrying a payload.

US doesn't have the capability 

There would be threads about how we wasted millions on a missile to shoot down a non threatening missile

They can tell whether the trajectory poses a threat or whether it will harmlessly splash down in the ocean. If it poses a threat they can intercept it, but there's no need to do so otherwise.

Should have swatted it down like Dikembe Mutombo, just for intimidation

What do you think the response would be? North Korea would then launch 100 more to flout the United States and show their people that they won't fail. 

It's like letting a moron puff up his chest until he gets into range and then you can flatten him with a solid right hook.

How exactly does the missile defense shield work?

Chimonos Revenge - 


Should have swatted it down like Dikembe Mutombo, just for intimidation




Truth.

Shooting it down would be an act of war imo

Sogflop - How exactly does the missile defense shield work?
Theres lazer beams that blast missiles out da sky.

Sogflop - How exactly does the missile defense shield work?

Sophisticated radar tracks the missile and fires guided kinetic warheads at it when it's coming back down. 

It seems like Seoul could be reached within minutes of launch. 

I'm surprised the us doesn't take out any missile that is launched from now on 

 

 

Not a terrible question but kind of naive. Here's the thing: shooting down an object that isn't a threat exposes your capabilities.

Other people may be watching.

Ask why didn't Russia shoot it down? Probably same answer as I suggested, above.

 

PAX -

US doesn't have the capability 

Haha....never show your hand if you don't have too.  

Should have shot it in the leg. 

Cire -
PAX -

US doesn't have the capability 

Haha....never show your hand if you don't have too.  

Pay attention... It was a huge deal when we moved our defenses into S. Korea.

We want to know the capability