North Korea missile fails after launch: USTop Stories

October 20, 2016 12:02
North Korea missile fails after launch: US

The United States and South Korean militaries said, North Korea test-fired a missile that failed immediately after launch. The comments came hours after the two countries agreed to step up efforts to counter the North's nuclear and missile threats.

According to the U.S. Strategic Command and South Korea's Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the missile was believed to be an intermediate-range Musudan and was launched from the western city of Kusong, where the isolated state attempted but failed to launch the same type of missile.

The launch came shortly after the United States and South Korea agreed in Washington to bolster military and diplomatic efforts to counter the North's nuclear and missile programs, which it is pursuing in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

The South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement, that, "We strongly condemn the North's continued illegal acts of provocation."

Japan condemned the launch and said it would make a formal protest to the North through its embassy in Beijing.

The failed missile launch was the eighth attempt in seven months by the North to launch a weapon with a design range of 3,000 km (1,800 miles) that can be fired from road mobile launchers, the two militaries said.

In June, North Korea launched a Musudan missile that flew about 400 km (250 miles), more than half the distance to Japan, a flight that was considered a success by officials and experts in South Korea and the United States.

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