North Korea test-fired a missile that failed immediately after launch early on Thursday, the same time in less than a week, the US and South Korean militaries said.
The launch came shortly after the United States and South Korea agreed in Washington to bolster military and diplomatic efforts to counter the North’s nuclear and missile programs, Reuters reports.
The missile was believed to be an intermediate-range Musudan and was launched from the western city of Kusong, where the isolated state attempted but failed to launch the same type of missile on Saturday, the US Strategic Command and South Korea’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
The failed missile launch was the eighth attempt in seven months by the North to launch a weapon with a design range of 3,000 kilometers (1,800 miles) that can be fired from road mobile launchers, the two militaries said.
“We strongly condemn the North’s continued illegal acts of provocation,” the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.
Japan condemned the launch and said it would make a formal protest to the North through its embassy in Beijing.
North Korea has been conducting activities related to its nuclear and missile programs at an unprecedented pace this year in defiance of UN sanctions and diplomatic pressure and is believed to be making progress in its efforts to develop a nuclear missile.
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