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North Korea fails second major missile test in 2 weeks

Exactly 2 weeks after flubbing test on founder’s birthday, North Korea again has missile able to threaten US bases explode on launch.

By Ari Yashar


North Korea fired a medium range missile in a test on Thursday that failed spectacularly, marking the second such failure in two weeks during tests of the Musudan missile.

A South Korean Defense Ministry official was quoted by CNN as saying the missile, which was fired around 6:10 a.m. local time, “seems to have failed.”

While it is unclear at what time the missile exploded, according to the official it “crashed shortly after it was launched.”

The failure comes after a similar fiasco on April 15, exactly two weeks ago, when another Musudan missile was fired in honor of the birthday of North Korea’s founder, Kim Il-Sung.

In that test, which was tracked by both the US and South Korea, the missile apparently blew up in midair shortly after launch.

Musudan missiles have a range of over 3,000 kilometers (over 1,800 miles), meaning they are capable of hitting US bases located in Guam, in the Pacific Ocean.

North Korea has been showing an increasingly hostile position, working to expand its nuclear arsenal in


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