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Could U.S. Defenses Down a North Korean Missile?

Phil Coyle, a former senior Defense Department official, talks about the difficulties of successfully deploying the U.S. anti-ballistic missile system. North Korea is said to be planning to test launch a long-range missile capable of reaching the United States. Coyle, a senior adviser to the Center for Defense Information, says a real-world test of the missile-defense system could be a risky proposition.

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Steve Inskeep is a host of NPR's Morning Edition, as well as NPR's morning news podcast Up First.