16-09-2021 07:31 PM Jerusalem Timing

N. Korea Readying New Mid-Range Missile Test

N. Korea Readying New Mid-Range Missile Test

North Korea is preparing for a second attempt at test-firing a new medium-range missile, after an initial launch 10 days ago ended in catastrophic failure, South Korean media reported Tuesday.

North Korea is preparing for a second attempt at test-firing a new medium-range missile, after an initial launch 10 days ago ended in catastrophic failure, South Korean media reported Tuesday.

Any such launch would be another slap in the face for the international community, after a submarine-launched ballistic missile test last weekend was condemned by the UN Security Council.

Existing UN resolutions forbid North Korea from the use of any ballistic missile-related technology.

According to unidentified government sources cited by Yonhap news agency, the South Korean military is "picking up signs which indicate North Korea will likely launch a Musudan missile in the near future".

The Musudan is believed to have an estimated range of anywhere between 2,500 and 4,000 kilometres (1,550 to 2,500 miles). The lower range covers the whole of South Korea and Japan, while the upper range would include US military bases on Guam.

The missile has never been successfully flight-tested.

"The remaining missile now appears to be standing by for launch," one of the sources said.

At a regular press briefing, a Defense Ministry spokesman refused to confirm the report, saying he had "no related intelligence" regarding an imminent Musudan test.

The speculation comes amid growing concerns that Pyongyang is building up to a fifth nuclear test ahead of a rare, ruling party congress early next month.