Failure to launch: North Korean missile bombs

WASHINGTON – North Korea has failed to launch an intermediate-range ballistic missile, the Pentagon said Saturday.

U.S. Strategic Command detected the failure at 11:33 p.m. EDT Friday near a city in northwestern North Korea. It was believed to be a Musadan ballistic missile and did not pose a threat to North America, the North American Aerospace Defense Command determined.

North Korea routinely conducts missile tests despite violating resolutions passed by the United Nations Security Council. In August, the security council condemned North Korea for four missile launches over the summer, declaring “grave violations” of the ban on all ballistic missile activity.

North Korea has conducted several tests of the Musadan, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a non-partisan Washington think tank. Many of them splashed into the Sea of Japan.

In one test this summer, a Musadan traveled about 250 miles. State-run media hailed the test as a success, according to the Center, quoting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who his regime had the capability of attacking U.S. bases in the Pacific.

North Korea has not shown the capability yet of arming its missiles with nuclear weapons, nor does the pariah nation have a missile capable of reaching the continental United States.

Yet North Korea continues to test its abilities in spite of the sanction. Last month, it fired three missiles as world leaders are gathered in the east Chinese city of Hangzhou for the G-20 summit.


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