US, S. Korea de­tect 2nd failed N. Korean mis­sile launch in week

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

The United States and South Korea said they de­tected a failed North Korean mis­sile launch Wed­nes­day, the coun­try’s sec­ond failed test in less than a week.

The U.S. Strate­gic Com­mand is­sued a state­ment late Wed­nes­day say­ing it pre­sumed the mis­sile was a Musu­dan in­ter­me­di­ate-range bal­lis­tic mis­sile. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thurs­day that the launch was at­tempted near an air­port in North Korea’s Py­on­gan prov­ince, where the North on Satur­day un­suc­cess­fully tried to launch what U.S. and South Korean mil­i­tary of­fi­cials as­sessed as the same type of mis­sile.

Cho June-hyuck, spokesman of South Korea’s For­eign Min­istry, said the lat­est launches show North Korea’s “fa­nat­i­cal ob­ses­sion” with nu­clear weapons and mis­sile de­vel­op­ments.

“Such re­peated provo­ca­tions only ag­gra­vate North Korea’s iso­la­tion from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and eco­nomic hard­ship and fur­ther strengthen the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to­ward (adopt­ing) a new res­o­lu­tion of strong sanc­tions,” Cho said.

A Pen­tagon spokesman, Navy Cmdr. Gary Ross, said the U.S. con­demns the at­tempted mis­sile launch, call­ing it a provo­ca­tion. He said the U.S. govern­ment in­tends to raise its con­cerns at the United Na­tions.

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