Pentagon: North Korea fails to launch ballistic missile

THE Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) had test-launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile, but it ended in a failure, Seoul's military said Sunday.

People at a train station in Seoul, South Korea, watch a TV news report on a North Korea missile launch, September 5, 2016.

The U.S. military has detected a failed North Korean launch of a Musudan Intermediate missile, the seventh test this year of the mobile-launched missile.

North Korea routinely conducts missile tests despite violating resolutions passed by the United Nations Security Council.

The statement said Seoul strongly denounced Pyongyang's repeated provocations, which posed grave threat to peace and security on the Korean peninsula as well as in the entire worldwide society.

The failed launch represents another attempt by North Korea to develop and test its ballistic missile technology in breach of existing UN Security Council (UNSC) sanctions. It conducted its fifth underground nuclear test on Sept 9 and in all has launched more than 20 ballistic missiles this year, part of its programme aimed at improving the delivery system for nuclear weapons.

The North's Hwasong-10 missile, also known as Musudan, was launched at 12.33pm near an airfield in the north-western city of Kusong, the South said in a statement.

The failed launch was said to have taken place near an airport in the North's North Pyongan province.

The launch was detected yesterday and is thought to have been one of the feared Musudan missiles.

The Musudan missile has a range of up to 3-thousand kilometers, putting the US territory of Guam within reach. U.S. officials said it was "prudent" to take North Korea's word regarding this development. Both the US and South Korea condemned the launch of the rocket, which reportedly failed immediately after lift-off. Previously in August, Japanese and South Korean officials confirmed the launch of another medium-range ballistic missile, which reportedly flew about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) and landed near Japan's territorial waters. "And they will get it right sooner or later, so we'd better be ready", Karako said.

Musudan, the manufacturer of the North Korean missile, was exhibited for the first time in public in October 2010 during a military parade. The missile tests come along with advances in the dictatorship's nuclear weapons program.

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