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North Korea Appears to Have Conducted Another Failed Missile Test

Military analysis suggests the missile exploded shortly after launch

North Korea appears to have conducted yet another test launch of a medium-range missile that ended in failure, according to South Korean and U.S. military.

Citing a statement from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, Agence France-Presse reported that a Musudan mid-range missile was launched early Thursday morning local time. Military analysis suggested that the missile exploded shortly after launch.

The South Korean military “strongly condemns North Korea’s continued illegal provocative actions and are fully prepared for the possibilities of further provocation” in their statement, reports AFP.

U.S. Strategic Command said that the launch took place in the city of Kusong in the northwest part of the country, according to Reuters.

The Musudan ballistic missile is believed to have a range between 2,500 and 4,000 kilometers, reports AFP, capable of reaching U.S. military operations on Guam if operational. The report notes that only one out of the eight known tests conducted on the missile has been successful so far.

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