North Korea carries another failed missile test, claim US, S. Korea
The United States and South Korea on Thursday said North Korea test-fired a missile that failed immediately after launch.
The launch came soon after the two countries- US and South Korea- agreed in Washington to bolster military and diplomatic efforts to counter the North’s nuclear and missile programmes, which it is pursuing in defiance of the UN Security Council resolutions.
The US Strategic Command and South Korea’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said: “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 on Saturday.”
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 that can be fired from road mobile launchers, the two militaries said, as per Reuters report.
“We strongly condemn the North’s continued illegal acts of provocation,” the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.
Soon after the report, Japan condemned the launch and said it would make a formal protest to the North through its embassy in Beijing.
North Korea has been conducting activities related to its nuclear and missile programme at an unprecedented pace this year in defiance of UN sanctions and diplomatic pressure and is believed to be making progress in its efforts to develop a nuclear missile.
In June, North Korea had launched a Musudan missile that flew about 400 km, 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.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking before the failed missile launch, said the United States would do “whatever is necessary” to defend itself, South Korea and other allies against North Korea.
Kerry and US defence secretary Ash Carter reaffirmed that any attack by North Korea would be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons “met with an effective and overwhelming response,” a joint statement said.