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North Korea apparently tries to launch missile but fails

TBS, NTV, and Fuji-TV reported at noon that North Korea fired a missile toward the Sea of Japan at about 5:20 a.m. today but failed, saying that the missile is believed to be a mid-range Musudan ballistic missile. NTV said North Korea failed to fire Musudan missiles three times last month, adding that it is highly likely that North Korea has now failed to launch a missile four times in a row. The network quoted a South Korean military source as saying that Pyongyang is hoping to successfully launch a Musudan missile that is capable of reaching the U.S. military base in Guam in order to send out the message that it has the power to strike the U.S. The source also reportedly said that North Korea will probably continue to launch missiles until it succeeds. DM Nakatani was quoted as telling reporters this morning that Japan plans to work closely with the U.S. and South Korea and carefully monitor movements in North Korea.


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