North Korea: US says it detected failed missile test

North Korea: US says it detected failed missile test

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance to the Mangyongdae Revolutionary Site Souvenir FactoryImage copyright

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has personally supervised some of the tests, reports say

North Korea has conducted an unsuccessful test launch of an intermediate ballistic missile, the US military says.

The Musudan missile has an estimated range of up to 4,000 km (2,500 miles), enough to hit South Korea, Japan and the US territory of Guam.

Pyongyang has not reacted to the news.

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

It comes amid concerns that the country 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 Saturday, the Pentagon said in a statement.

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

Pyongyang insists its space programme is for peaceful purposes.

But 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 programmes, but analysts say most of them are impossible to independently verify.

North Korea’s recent tests

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  • 20 September: Claims successful ground test of a new rocket engine to launch satellites
  • 9 September: Claims successful fifth nuclear test, seen as its biggest-ever
  • 5 September: Fires three ballistic missiles into the waters off its east coast
  • 24 August: Fires a ballistic missile from a submarine off its east coast
  • 22 June: Fires two mid-range ballistic missiles from its eastern coast

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