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Published: Fri, October 21, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

US says it detected failed NKorean missile launch

US says it detected failed NKorean missile launch

This is the second failed test in less than a week after the North's recent launch of a Musudan missile, which has an estimated range of 4,000km (2,500 miles).

Pentagon chief Ashton Carter on Thursday decries North Korea's latest missile test and vows an "overwhelming" response if Pyongyang were ever to launch a nuclear weapon.

South Korea's military has closely monitored the moves of DPRK forces, with all possibilities left open for another nuclear test and the launch of a long-range ballistic missile.

Seoul is looking to allay calls from conservatives at home who want South Korea to develop its own nuclear arsenal.

The launch came shortly after the United States and South Korea agreed in Washington to bolster military and diplomatic efforts to counter the North's nuclear and missile programs, which it is pursuing in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

The THAAD system can shoot down short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles and is planned to be deployed by the United States, in the face of objections from China and North Korea.

North Korea, which conducted its fifth nuclear blast on September 9, is already under heavy worldwide sanctions over its missile and nuclear tests.

The plans for THAAD have angered China and Russian Federation, which see it as a threat to their own defense.

"The U.S. commitment to the defense of South Korea is unwavering".

North Korea's missile test failed for the second time in less than a week.

North Korean satellites will continue going up even as South Korea condemns Pyongyang's move, an unidentified spokesman at North Korea's bureau on space development was quoted as saying by the country's media.

The U.S. Strategic Command said the failed launch at occurred at 6:30 a.m.

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se highlighted a need for "an updated U.S".

US Secretary of State John Kerry said "there should be no doubt that the United States would do whatever is necessary to defend ourselves and to honor the security commitments that we have made to allies, including the Republic of Korea".

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said "extended deterrence" could include permanent deployment of U.S.

Trump reiterated his stance that the U.S.is on the losing side of its security deals with South Korea and Japan. “Our warning is not an empty word.”.

He added: 'Such repeated provocations only aggravate North Korea's isolation from the global community and economic hardship and further strengthen the worldwide community's determination toward (adopting) a new resolution of strong sanctions'.

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