North Korea Conducts Unsuccessful Missile Launch

The South Korean military said North Korea launched an unidentified projectile on Wednesday but failed “immediately after liftoff.”

The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said the launch was a “ballistic missile” test and called on North Korea to “refrain from further destabilizing acts.”

North Korea has conducted ten missile or projectile tests so far this year, more than in all of last year.

But North Korea has often failed in its missile tests, especially when developing a new weapon.

The U.N. Security Council has banned North Korea from launching a rocket to place a satellite into orbit because, in the past, the country has used such rockets to develop its long-range ballistic missiles.

This week, the Seventh Fleet of the U.S. Navy said that aircraft taking off from the USS Abraham Lincoln had conducted a drill in the Yellow Sea.

The United States military command in South Korea also said it had conducted a missile defense exercise.

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