North Korea test-fired what appeared to be two intermediate range ballistic missiles Thursday, but both failed, the US military said.
It is a setback for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ahead of the ruling party’s congress, Reuters reports.
The country has conducted a series of missile launches in violation of United Nations resolutions before the Workers’ Party congress, which begins on Friday next week.
South Korea has said the North is ready to conduct a new nuclear test at any time.
China said the UN Security Council was working on a response to North Korea’s latest missile tests, while UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged Pyongyang to cease “further provocative actions”.
Thursday’s tests appeared hurried, a defense expert in Seoul said, and follow a failed launch of a similar missile earlier this month.
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