North Korean mis­sile launch fails

New Straits Times - - World -

SEOUL: A North Korean mis­sile ap­peared to have ex­ploded yes­ter­day just af­ter it was launched, the United States and South Korean mil­i­taries said af­ter de­tect­ing the lat­est in a se­ries of weapons tests by the nu­cle­ar­armed state that have alarmed the re­gion.

The launch at­tempt was made from near the city of Won­san, on North Korea’s east coast, the same place from where it launched sev­eral in­ter­me­di­at­erange mis­siles last year, all but one of which failed.

“US Pa­cific Com­mand de­tected a failed North Korean mis­sile launch at­tempt in the vicin­ity of Kalma,” Com­man­der Dave Ben­ham, a spokesman for US Pa­cific Com­mand, said, re­fer­ring to an air field in Won­san.

He said work was be­ing car­ried out on a more de­tailed as­sess­ment. A South Korean mil­i­tary of­fi­cial said the mis­sile ap­peared to have ex­ploded just af­ter it was launched.

It was not clear what type of mis­sile it was. The South Korean De­fence Min­istry said it was con­duct­ing analysis to de­ter­mine fur­ther de­tails.

Speak­ing here on Fri­day, US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son said a pol­icy of strate­gic pa­tience with North Korea had ended and all op­tions, in­clud­ing a mil­i­tary one, were on the ta­ble if North Korea threat­ened South Korean or US forces. Reuters

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An un­der­wa­ter test-fire of strate­gic sub­ma­rine bal­lis­tic mis­sile be­ing con­ducted at an undis­closed lo­ca­tion in North Korea.

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