US secretary of defence Ashton Carter took a cautious approach to addressing North Korea's potentially forthcoming test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), and said the United States would only try to shoot it down if the missile threatened the United States or its allies.
"[The United States] would shoot them down, and that is use an interceptor for that purpose if [a test-flown ICBM] was threatening, that is if it was coming towards our territory or the territory of our friends and allies," Carter said during 8 January remarks on NBC's 'Meet the Press'.
He said the United States would not try to shoot down an ICBM test that was projected to land in the ocean.
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