The malfunctioning weapon landed inside an air pressure base and prompted fears of an incoming assault

A South Korean missile has crashed down at a army set up within the nation’s northeast throughout a joint present of pressure drill with the USA on Wednesday, held in retaliation for North Korea’s newest weapons take a look at, which reached Japanese airspace. 

Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Workers confirmed the incident, noting {that a} short-range Hyunmoo-2 ballistic missile encountered technical issues and fell out of the sky over the city of Gangneung, situated some 56 miles (90 kilometers) from the border with North Korea. No casualties resulted from the crash, although a blast was reported at an air base within the city.

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Navy officers stated they’re nonetheless working to find out the reason for the missile’s “irregular flight.” The accident happened throughout a joint drill with Washington, which additionally noticed either side fireplace off two short-range Military Tactical Missile Programs (ATACMS) every and one other South Korean Hyunmoo-2 – what Seoul referred to as a present of energy in response to a missile take a look at by the North on Tuesday.

Footage purporting to point out a big fireplace on the air base circulated on-line for hours earlier than the federal government commented on the crash, stoking fears of a attainable assault by the DPRK after one in every of its most important weapons launches in years.

Tuesday’s take a look at handed over a portion of northern Japan’s Aomori Prefecture, the primary time a North Korean missile reached the nation’s airspace since 2017. US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida each condemned the transfer within the “strongest phrases,” whereas the European Union slammed Pyongyang for a “reckless and intentionally provocative motion.” Washington has referred to as for a gathering on the United Nations Safety Council to debate North Korean missile launches this yr – which have already reached a report quantity since chief Kim Jong-un took energy in 2011 – although it stays unclear whether or not a sit-down will go forward amid objections from Moscow and Beijing.


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