North Korea missile test fails, U.S. and South say, as tensions simmer

North Korea missile test fails, U.S. and South say, as tensions simmerBy Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) – A North Korean missile appeared to have exploded just after it was launched on Wednesday, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said after detecting the latest in a series of weapons tests by the nuclear-armed state that have alarmed the region. The launch attempt was made near the city of Wonsan, on North Korea’s east coast, the same place it launched several intermediate-range missiles last year, all but one of which failed. “U.S. Pacific Command detected what we assess was a failed North Korean missile launch attempt … in the vicinity of Kalma,” Commander Dave Benham, a spokesman for U.S. Pacific Command, said in a statement, referring to an air field in Wonsan.



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