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WASHINGTON – The United States Strategic Command systems detected what was a failed North Korean missile launch, Pentagon informed. The launch took place at 10.33 p.m. on October 14th, 2016, near the northwestern city of Kusong.
The analysts presumed that the missile used in the test was a Musadan intermediate-range ballistic missile.
“The North American Aerospace Defense Command determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America”, the statement said.
On Thursday, the day before the failed North Korea’s missile test, South Korea’s military chief stressed the need to strengthen the country’s missile defense capabilities to counter North Korea’s missile threats before a U.S. anti-missile system is to be deployed on the Korean Peninsula.
“The [US and South Korean’s] generals agreed to continuously develop effective response measures in order to deter, and if necessary, respond to additional provocations from North Korea,” the South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) statement said.
General Lee Sun-jin, chairman of JCS, stressed that Seoul and Washington will continue proactive and practical cooperation to deter North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats including the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) on South Korean soil.
The two countries agreed in July to station an anti-missile defense system by late 2017 as Pyongyang is moving forward with its weapons of mass destruction program. In 2016 alone, the reclusive country conducted two nuclear tests and launched more than 20 ballistic missiles despite warnings by the international community.
China and Russia protested against any development of the American and South Korean’s missile shield in South Korea. Both countries vowed to build up its own shield.
(ABC, Yonhap, pht)