US, S Korea, Japan Tense After Failed Missile Launch From N Korea
Japan has alerted its military following the failed launch of the intermediate-range missile by North Korea.
The US military detected a missile launch from North Korea, Navy Commander Dave Benham, a spokesman from the US military’s Pacific Command said on Tuesday without providing details.
The missile launched was believed to be an intermediate-range Musudan missile, an official commented anonymously.
The South Korean officials said that the missile launch has failed.
North Korea fired one missile from its east coast just before 6 am on Wednesday (2100 GMT Tuesday) but it appears to have failed.South Korea Officials
South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency said, citing an unnamed government source, that the North Korea was seen to be moving an intermediate-range missile to its east coast.
Japan Declares a Military Alert
Japan on Tuesday put its military on alert after the North Korean ballistic missile launch. The government said that it will strongly protest the missile launch. Japanese Defence Minister Gen Nakatani told reporters after the launch that there had been no effect on Japan’s security and that the government would continue to collect and analyse information.
North Korea has failed in all four previous attempts to launch the Musudan, which theoretically has the range to reach any part of Japan and the US territory of Guam.
North Korea is believed to have up to 30 Musudan missiles, according to South Korean media, which officials said were first deployed around 2007, although the North had never attempted to test-fire them until this year.
(With inputs from Reuters.)
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