- North Korea launched what could be Musudan missile off its eastern coast
- Pyongyang has attempted at least four previous attempts to launch Musudan this year
North Korea fired a second missile Wednesday morning from its eastern coast, according to a spokesperson from the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff. The second launch occurred at 8:05 a.m. local time, about two hours after its first missile launch, which was presumed a failure, according to the official. Information was not immediately available on whether the second launch was successful.
[Original story, published at 7:56 p.m. ET]
North Korea fired a missile Wednesday morning from the city of Wonsan on its eastern coast, according to a spokesperson from the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The launch occurred at 5:58 a.m. local time and is presumed to be a Musudan missile, the official said. The South Korean military presumes the launch has been a failure, but did not elaborate, according to the spokesperson. North Korea has made at least four previous attempts this year to test this type of missile.
The United States is aware of a North Korea missile launch, two U.S. officials told CNN. The officials said it is too early to know the type of missile and whether the launch was successful.
The Musudan is an intermediate-range missile that North Korea has taken much interest in this year.
The last several months have been particularly contentious on the Korean peninsula, after North Korea claimed to have tested its first hydrogen bomb, an assertion that U.S. officials dispute, and fired a satellite into orbit.
It’s unclear why North Korea has been testing missiles with such intensity this year. The country’s leader Kim Jung Un could be in a rush to sharpen North Korea’s nuclear and missile capabilities.
In just four years of reign under his son, the younger Kim has now overseen 26 missile launches.