N Korean bid to launch another missile fails

Seoul

South Korea alleges that North had attempted to launch another missile, but the test appears to have ended in a failure.
Seoul’s Defense Ministry said in a statement that Pyongyang fired a missile from the eastern coastal town of Wonsan on Wednesday.
“South Korea and the United States are aware of the North Korean missile launch and suspect it was a failure,” said a spokesman for Seoul’s military.
The report did not give the number of the missiles put to test or their type. A spokesman for US Pacific Command, Commander Dave Benham, also said that they detected “a failed North Korean missile launch attempt… in the vicinity of Kalma.”
“A missile appears to have exploded within seconds of launch,” Benham added. Kyodo News also quoted a source in the Tokyo government as saying that the North may have test-fired several missiles from an area on its east coast, but Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga later said the government has not confirmed Pyongyang’s missile launch towards the country.—Agencies

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