Failed North Korea Missile Launch Detected By US Military

The US military has claimed that North Korea has conducted an unsuccessful launch of a powerful medium-range missile capable of hitting US bases as far away as Guam.

According to US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), the launch, which was detected just after midday Saturday Korea time, was believed to be of a Musudan missile which the Asian country has now test-launched seven times, with only one partial success.

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The North American Aerospace Defence Command determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America,” it said in a statement.

Leader Kim Jong-Un hailed the launch as a complete success and proof of the communist nation’s ability to strike US bases across “the Pacific operation theatre”.

Saturday’s launch was detected from the northwestern North Korean town of Kusong. Such launches are usually detected within hours or even minutes by the South Korean and US military.

Existing United Nations sanctions prohibit North Korea from using ballistic missile technology.

The Musudan has a theoretical range of anywhere between 2500 and 4000km, with the upper estimate covering US military bases in Guam.

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