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2nd failed N. Korean missile launch detected in a week

Associated Press

Seoul, South Korea — 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.

Musudan has a range of 2,180 miles — enough to reach U.S. military bases in Japan and Guam.

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.