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North Korea missile reportedly blows up on launch

Exploded Musudan ballistic missile has a range of nearly 2,500 miles, but it has never been tested before by the North before.

Lucas Tomlinson reporting for FoxNews: A failed attempt at launching another missile has embarrassed the North Korean dictatorship even further, with the rocket blowing up on launch, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News, Thursday.

His statement is backed by South Korea’s Defense Ministry that confirmed intermediate-range ballistic missile to have self-destructed.

This launch was a special one. The missile was set to target Guam, and the Philippines, capable of hitting both as soon as Friday to celebrate the 104th birthday of the late North Korean founder and leader Kim II Sung, two U.S. defense officials said. April 15 is also a national holiday in North Korea, known as “Day of Sun."

Currently, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is visiting the Philippines to make sure that U.S. troops will remain stationed at the islands once more, since 1992, when the Subic Bay naval base closed. The U.S. military has moved thousands of troops onto Guam recently.

Exploded Musudan ballistic missile has a range of nearly 2,500 miles, but it has never been tested before by the North before.

That’s not the first time a missile blew up on North, with at least one detonating shortly after a liftoff in between two successful launches past months. It looks like this might become a new trend in the North Korean military.

At the beginning of 2016, Kim Jong-un’s dictatorship launched a satellite into space during Super Bowl Sunday in the U.S. This was an important event that raised concerns in Pentagon, as officials revealed that components used to launch the long-range rocket into space are the same used for an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Another important notion to consider is North Korea leaders’ claim that they do indeed possess a capability to mount a nuclear warhead atop one of its long-range ballistic missiles. Their statement came a day after The U.S. Air Force’s top officer, Gen. Mark Welsh, told reporters in March that North Korea did not have such capability.

The recent launches of North Korean missiles coincide with annual military exercises between the United States and South Korea involving more than 10,000 troops.

Three nuclear-capable B-2 bombers were sent to the region as part of the exercise in a show of force to the North Koreans.

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

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