US, South Korea detect another failed N. Korea missile test

First unveiled as an indigenous missile at a military parade in Pyongyang in October 2010, Musudan missile has a theoretical range of anywhere between 2,500 and 4,000 kmNorth Korea on Thursday conducted what appeared to be its second failed test in a week of a powerful medium-range missile that experts warn could be operationally deployed as early as next year. South Korean and US military monitors said the missile — believed to be an intermediate-range Musudan — exploded shortly after take-off at around 6:30 am Pyongyang time (2200 GMT Wednesday). The attempted launch came just hours before the start of the third US presidential debate — a timely reminder of the challenge North Korea’s fast-moving nuclear weapons programme will pose to the next occupant of the White House.

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