According to the South Korean military, North Korea has apparently failed another missile test. An initially unidentified projectile was fired near Pyongyang on Wednesday morning (local time), the general staff in South Korea said. However, the test apparently failed shortly after liftoff. More analysis is needed.
The US Indo-Pacific Command took over the launch of a “ballistic missile”. The command is in close consultation with South Korea and Japan and other allies in the region about the test. UN resolutions prohibit North Korea from testing ballistic missiles, which, depending on the design, can also carry a nuclear warhead.
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According to the national Yonhap news agency, the South Korean military suspected that the missile did not reach the desired altitude in the initial phase of ascent. It was initially unclear whether it exploded in midair or fell back to earth.
North Korea has tested missiles several times this year. The US and South Korea assume that the self-proclaimed nuclear power conducted tests in late February and early March that were related to a new type of ICBM system. North Korea itself spoke of important tests in the development of an earth observation satellite. Therefore, experts hope that the country will soon be able to launch a “space rocket”.
North Korea is subject to harsh international sanctions due to its nuclear weapons program. (dpa)