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A 2-minute video shows how the US would try to track and shoot down North Korean missiles fired on Guam

Sm-3 US Navy raytheon intercept
Sm-3 US Navy raytheon intercept

(A US Navy ship firing an SM-3 missile interceptor.US Navy)

North Korea announced a plan to fire missiles at the US territory of Guam in mid-August, and though it hesitated to carry out that strike, it has since fired a missile over Japan and tested what it said was a hydrogen bomb.

With Pyongyang getting bolder and its missile threat more dire, the US and its allies are surely weighing whether to try to shoot down its missiles.

Even with the world's best network of space-, land-, and sea-based radars and sensors, the US and its allies face a major risk in attempting to shoot down a North Korean missile.

If they succeed, North Korea would be humiliated and possibly driven to escalate the situation in other ways. If they fail, a tremendous blow would be dealt to US missile-defense credibility — and North Korea would be more emboldened.

In the Center for Strategic and International Studies video below, find out how the US and its allies would take on a North Korean missile strike on Guam.

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