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North Korea has carried out another failed missile launch, according to the South Korean military.

The launch of the intermediate-range missile is the second failed test in less than a week after North Korea’s recent launch of a Musudan missile, which has an estimated range of 2,500 miles.North Korea long range missile

The missile is said to be capable of hitting US bases as far away as Guam.

It has been tested eight times this year, with only one success.

However, experts fear it could become operational as early as next year.

The US condemned the launch, calling it a “further provocation”.

North Korea’s last test was denounced by the UN, which has banned it from any use of ballistic or nuclear technology.


According to the Pentagon, North Korea has recently conducted an unsuccessful test launch of an intermediate ballistic missile.

The Musudan missile has an estimated range of up to 2,500 miles, enough to hit South Korea, Japan and the US territory of Guam.

Pyongyang has not reacted to the news.

North Korea has made a number of missile-related tests this year, despite being banned by the UN from any use of ballistic or nuclear technology.North Korea missile launch 2015

The move comes amid concerns that North Korea may soon launch another long-range rocket or conduct a nuclear test.

The test took place near the north-western city of Kusong at 03:33 GMT on October 15, the Pentagon said in a statement.

US Navy Commander Gary Ross said the missile launch “did not pose a threat to North America”.

South Korea confirmed the failed launch, and said in a statement it strongly condemned the actions of North Korea.

The Yonhap news agency reported the missile was believed to have exploded soon after its launch, without citing a source for the information.

Pyongyang insists its space program is for peaceful purposes.

The US, South Korea and even China, the country’s main ally, say the recent rocket launches are aimed at developing inter-continental ballistic missiles.

North Korea regularly makes claims about the progress of its nuclear and missile programs, but analysts say most of them are impossible to independently verify.


A North Korean missile test was conducted off the country’s east coast on April 15.

However, the launch appears to have failed, the US and South Korean officials say.

The rocket has not yet been identified but is suspected to have been a previously untested “Musudan” medium-range ballistic missile.

The launch coincided with the birthday of North Korea’s founding leader, Kim Il-sung.

It also comes amid particularly high tension on the Korean peninsula.

South Korea’s Yonhap national news agency quoted government sources as saying that the missile was a type of intermediate-range ballistic missile known as a Musudan, also called the BM-25.

North Korean forces were seen recently moving two such missiles.North Korea Musudan missile

According to the Yonhap report , it would be North Korea’s first Musudan test, and that it may have at least 50 more.

The Musudan is named after the village in North Korea’s northeast where a launch pad is sited.

The rocket has a range of about 1,800 miles, which extends to the US Army base on the Pacific island of Guam, but not as far as the mainland US.

The US said it had tracked the latest launch, but could also not confirm details.

“We call again on North Korea to refrain from actions and rhetoric that further raise tensions in the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its international commitments and obligations,” a State Department official said.

China also criticized what it called “the latest in a string of saber-rattling that, if unchecked, will lead the country to nowhere,” according to the official Xinhua news agency.

North Korea has made a series of threats against the South and the US since the UN imposed some of its toughest ever sanctions on the country.

The move was a response to North Korea’s fourth nuclear test in January and its launching of a satellite in February, both of which broke existing sanctions.