North Korean Missile Launch Fails

North Korean Missile Launch Fails

North Korea’s attempt to fire a missile from its eastern coast on Friday ended in failure. North Korean officials have not released details regarding the test. What is known is an intermediate-range Musudan missile was involved.

“We were aware of North Korea’s announcement of their rocket launch and monitored the situation with our allies Japan and South Korea. I can’t get into specifics of the operation, but … with our AEGIS ships, we do have a robust missile-defense capability for the region,” said a spokesman for the U.S. 7th Fleet in Japan.

“We have seen the reports. We are closely monitoring the situation,” said a U.S. State Department official after the launch failure.  “We call again on North Korea to refrain from actions and rhetoric that further raise tensions in the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its international commitments and obligations.”
The launch attempt was made at approximately 4:33 pm EDT. North Korea usually informs the International Maritime Organization, a global shipping regulation body, of such tests in advance. However as of Thursday the IMO had received no such warning from North Korean officials. This is only the latest in a string of ballistic missile tests by North Korea that the UN Security Council has condemned as a threat to regional and international security.

“At present, the situation on the peninsula is complex and sensitive,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters.

“We hope all parties can strictly respect the decisions of the Security Council and avoid taking any steps that could further worsen tensions.”

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