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Report: North Korean missile crashes soon after launch

USA TODAY USA TODAY 28/04/2016 Jane Onyanga-Omara

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North Korea fired an apparent intermediate-range ballistic missile that crashed shortly after launching Thursday, South Korean media reported.

The South’s military said the missile appeared to have crashed several seconds after it was launched, the Yonhap news agency reported.

It said it could be the same Musudan missile the North tried to launch on April 15, which exploded a few seconds after liftoff. That launch was apparently timed to coincide with the 104th anniversary of the birthday of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder. The incident comes ahead of a major meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party in Pyongyang next week.

Report: North Korean missile crashes soon after launch © KCNA / Reuters Report: North Korean missile crashes soon after launch A Musudan, or BM-25, is believed to be capable of traveling 2,500 miles, posing a threat to South Korea, Japan and the U.S. territory of Guam.

On Tuesday, South Korean officials said the North was preparing another mid-range missile test and could also conduct a fifth nuclear test.

The reports came three days after the North claimed it successfully fired a ballistic missile from a submarine for the first time. A series of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests by the North have led to a tightening of international sanctions in recent months.

Contributing: John Bacon

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