Why is the USA threatened by ballistic missiles from North Korea?



no defence system is infallible, for example:
the payload of North Korea's missile could be made of several false warheads and only a few actual ones, overloading the defence system
the defence missiles could miss their target
As this article (*) mentions

U.S. missile defenses use kinetic energy, not explosives, to destroy enemy missiles—the “kill vehicle” simply slams into the target. The kill vehicle carries no explosives, which means the kill vehicles that don’t hit the target simply continue on their merry way, re-entering the atmosphere and, for the most part, burning up. For scenarios in which the Alaska site shoots at a North Korean missile, the kill vehicles should mostly re-enter the atmosphere over Russia.
As the article continues to say, what would happen if Russia would interpret those missiles as nuclear warheads directed at them? It's not like the US can warn Russia before launching, between the detection of North Korea's launch and the launch of the defence system would pass only a few minutes, not enough to properly warn Russia about what is happening
Why is the USA threatened by ballistic missiles from North Korea? Why is the USA threatened by ballistic missiles from North Korea? Reviewed by Hamza Bashir Ahmad on 08:36:00 Rating: 5