NORTH KOREA’S MUSUDAN MIS­SILE TRIAL FAILS

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North Korea’s at­tempt to launch an in­ter­me­di­ate bal­lis­tic mis­sile near the city of Ku­song has failed, ac­cord­ing to the US and South Korean mil­i­taries. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) has re­ported that the mis­sile was be­lieved to be a midrange Musudan pro­jec­tile. The test-fir­ing failed as the mis­sile ex­ploded im­me­di­ately after it was launched near an air­port in the North Py­on­gan prov­ince, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported. Ac­cord­ing to the US mil­i­tary, the mis­sile did not pose a threat to North Amer­ica. US De­part­ment of De­fense spokesman com­man­der Gary Ross was quoted by the news agency as say­ing: “We strongly con­demn this and North Korea’s other re­cent mis­sile tests, which vi­o­late UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tions ex­plic­itly pro­hibit­ing North Korea’s launches us­ing bal­lis­tic mis­sile tech­nol­ogy. Our com­mit­ment to the de­fence of our al­lies, in­clud­ing the Re­pub­lic of Korea and Ja­pan, in the face of these threats, is iron­clad. We re­main pre­pared to de­fend our­selves and our al­lies from any at­tack or provo­ca­tion.” The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil has con­demned the re­cent mis­sile launches car­ried out in North Korea as these vi­o­late a res­o­lu­tion made by the 15-na­tion body. The res­o­lu­tion pro­hibits North Korea’s use of bal­lis­tic mis­sile tech­nol­ogy.

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