June 22, 2016 09:40
North Korea tested two Musudan medium-range ballistic missiles in early hours of Wednesday.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff here said that the North fired one missile at around 6:00 a.m. and the other one two hours later in Wonsan, Kangwon Province. The first launch appears to have failed while it is not known how the second launch went, according to the JCS.
Four earlier tests over the past two months also failed.
The Musudan seems designed to strike U.S. military bases on Guam, from where U.S. bombers would take off in case of a war on the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea deployed the missile, which is based on the old Soviet SS-N-6 submarine-launched missile, warfare-ready in 2007, but all tests since then have failed disastrously due to engine or fuel problems.
Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani has ordered forces to destroy any North Korean missile if it enters Japanese airspace or waters with PAC-3 Patriot missiles.
It also plans to deploy Aegis ships armed with SM-3 intercept missiles.
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