South Korean and U.S. military officials have said that tried and to test fire an intermediate-range Musudan on April 15.
attempted to test fire the in celebration of the birthday of the founder of the nation, Kim Il-sung, the grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un. The event is marked each year as a high holiday in the nation and often marked with displays of military muscle.
A day before the attempted test, reports pointed out that had deployed two medium-range ballistic in the region and had been preparing for the first-ever flight of the , that was believed to be capable of striking U.S. bases in the Pacific island of Guam.
However, on April 15, South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff said in a statement, “The North appears to have attempted a test near its east coast early Friday morning but it appears to have .”
While the statement did not identify the type of that was tested unsuccessfully, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted an unnamed military official as saying it was a Musudan, which was unveiled at a military parade inPyongyang in October 2010
In its report, Yonhap further quoted a senior Seoul intelligence official who said, “The disappeared from surveillance radar a few seconds after launch and is believed to have exploded midair.”
Further, reports of senior U.S. defence officials claiming to have detected and tracked the North Korean launch appeared post the launch. “We assess that the launch . We are monitoring and continuing to assess the situation,” he said.
Meanwhile, China too sharply condemned the operation by and its official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary, “The firing of a mid-range ballistic on Friday by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea(DPRK), though , marks the latest in a string of sabre-rattling that, if unchecked, will lead the country to nowhere. Nuclear weapons will not make Pyongyang safer. On the contrary, its costly military endeavours will keep on suffocating its economy.”
Matters in the Korean Peninsula became grave after conducted its fourth nuclear test in January 2016, in defiance of the United Nations rules. Responding to several infuriated nations, UN imposed heavy sanctions on in reaction to the test. Followed by which, Kim Jung Un’s regime further launched a long-range in February. To make matters worse in the troubled Korean peninsula, ordered the military to deploy the country’s nuclear warheads on standby.
In March 2016, Jong Un had said that his country would soon test a nuclear warhead and ballistic capable of carrying nuclear warheads, with the country’s official news agency even releasing photos of the leader along with miniature nuclear device.
Existing UN resolutions forbid from the use of any ballistic -related technology.
is now reportedly gearing up for a rare and much-hyped ruling party congress next month.