Attempt to launch a missile by North Korea failed

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 08:38 GMT, Oct 20, 2016 |

A failed attempt by North Korea to launch a missile was detected at 5:00 p.m. CDT/2200 GMT on Wednesday (October 19) from the northwestern city of Kusong, U.S. Strategic Command said.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command determined the missile launch did not pose a threat to North America, U.S. Strategic Command said in a statement, adding that it was presumed to be a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile.

North Korea on Sunday (October 16) fired what it believed was a Musudan missile, an intermediate ballistic missile, but it reportedly failed immediately after launch, according to the U.S. and South Korean militaries.

The North has been testing different types of missiles at an unprecedented rate this year, and the capability to mount a nuclear warhead on a missile is especially worrying for its neighbours South Korea and Japan, as well as the United States.

North Korea conducted its fifth and biggest nuclear test on September 9 and South Korea says it believes the North is ready to conduct another test at any time.