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Originally posted by LwSiX
So what was the point of deploying the anti-missile ships? If we never had any intention of shooting it down, I'd say we look like quite the fool now.
Originally posted by FreeSpeaker
It finaly happend and thank goodness war hasn't broken out. Still scary that we don't know what the payload was.
"Obama warned that the United States will join with its allies to take "appropriate steps" to let North Korea know it can't violate United Nations rules and get away with it"
Seems they just did.
Originally posted by TheAgentNineteen
All words, and no actions. If no Intercept maneuvers were in fact taken against the Missile launch, which may in fact be nearly impossible to determine without at least a signature of Orbital failure, then President Obama's Administration has just been bested by a tyrant from a so called "Small, Insignificant" Country Half-a-World Away.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
They've been saying almost all along that there weren't going to be any intercept actions taken against the missile unless it was going to crash onto Japan. It makes a lot more sense to NOT intercept it. If you intercept it then you lose the chance to learn about the flight characteristics and get information from the launch.
"Officials acknowledged today that North Korea launched a Taepo Dong 2 missile at 10:30 p.m. EDT Saturday, which passed over the Sea of Japan and the nation of Japan," the statement said. "Stage one of the missile fell into the Sea of Japan. The remaining stages along with the payload itself landed in the Pacific Ocean. No object entered orbit and no debris fell on Japan."