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South Korean missile crashes throughout drill with US

The malfunctioning weapon landed inside an air pressure base and prompted fears of an incoming assault

A South Korean missile has crashed down at a army set up within the nation’s northeast throughout a joint present of pressure drill with the United States on Wednesday, held in retaliation for North Korea’s newest weapons check, which reached Japanese airspace. 

Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed the incident, noting {that a} short-range Hyunmoo-2 ballistic missile encountered technical issues and fell out of the sky over the city of Gangneung, situated some 56 miles (90 kilometers) from the border with North Korea. No casualties resulted from the crash, although a blast was reported at an air base within the city.

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Military officers stated they’re nonetheless working to find out the reason for the missile’s “abnormal flight.” The accident passed off throughout a joint drill with Washington, which additionally noticed either side fireplace off two short-range Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) every and one other South Korean Hyunmoo-2 – what Seoul known as a present of power in response to a missile check by the North on Tuesday.

Footage purporting to indicate a big fireplace on the air base circulated on-line for hours earlier than the federal government commented on the crash, stoking fears of a potential assault by the DPRK after one among its most important weapons launches in years.

Tuesday’s check handed over a portion of northern Japan’s Aomori Prefecture, the primary time a North Korean missile reached the nation’s airspace since 2017. US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida each condemned the transfer within the “strongest terms,” whereas the European Union slammed Pyongyang for a “reckless and deliberately provocative action.” Washington has known as for a gathering on the United Nations Security Council to debate North Korean missile launches this 12 months – which have already reached a file quantity since chief Kim Jong-un took energy in 2011 – although it stays unclear whether or not a sit-down will go forward amid objections from Moscow and Beijing.

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