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Pyongyang ?conducted failed missile launch, say South Korean and US military monitors?

This undated photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 2, 2016 shows a missile test of a new-type anti-air guided weapon system at an unknown location. Photograph: (AFP)

Pyongyang, North Korea Oct 20, 2016, 02.18 AM (IST)

Pyongyang today conducted what was believed to be another failed test of "a powerful medium-range missile capable of hitting US bases as far away as Guam", the South Korean military was quoted as saying by international news agency AFP. 

 

The failed attempt by North Korea to launch the missile was detected at 5:00 pm CDT/2200 GMT on Wednesday from the northwestern city of Kusong, US Strategic Command also said, Reuters reported. 

 

The missile had exploded shortly after take-off at around 6:30 am Pyongyang time (2200 GMT) on Wednesday, analysis by South Korean and US military monitors suggested, the joint chiefs of Staff said in a statement. 

 

Meanwhile, the US Strategic Command pointed out in a statement that the North American Aerospace Defense Command determined that the missile launch did not pose a threat to North America, adding that it was presumed to be a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile, Reuters reported. 

 

(WION with inputs from AFP, Reuters) 

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