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Latest North Korean missile launch likely a failure, say reports

09 April 2017

North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile on 5 April likely ended in failure after travelling only a fraction of its range, several media outlets quoted US officials as saying that same day.

The unnamed officials also said that the missile, which flew approximately 60 km before falling into the Sea of Japan (also known as East Sea), was an extended-range 'Scud'-like missile, which suffered an in-flight failure.

"We are now certain it was a liquid-fuelled 'Scud'," a senior White House official was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying on the condition of anonymity.

"It spun out of control after going only a fraction of its range," the official said.

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