North Korea has test-fired two mid-range ballistic missiles within hours of each other

Corea del Norte realiza fallida prueba de misil (Español/English)

El lanzamiento fue confirmado por Japón y Corea del Sur
El lanzamiento fue confirmado por Japón y Corea del Sur

Una vez más Corea del Norte,  desafiando a la ONU, preparó una prueba de lanzamiento de misil de medio alcance que aparentemente falló.

El Ministro de Defensa de Corea del Sur confirmó la información en medios, pese a que Naciones Unidas le prohibió a Corea del Norte desarrollar cualquier uso de misiles de tecnología balística, horas después de que el Pentágono alertara a Pyongyang sobre cualquier prueba nuclear.

“Hemos detectado señales de que el Norte ha desplegado lo que parece ser un misil Musudan” indicó la agencia surcoreana Yonhap citando a un funcionario del gobierno.

Este año el país asiático ha emprendido cinco intentos fallidos de lanzamiento de misil con un alcance estimado de 2,500 a 4 mil kilómetros.  (Agencias)

English

North Korea test-fires missiles in defiance of UN sanctions

North Korea has test-fired two mid-range ballistic missiles within hours of each other
North Korea has test-fired two mid-range ballistic missiles within hours of each other

North Korea has test-fired two mid-range ballistic missiles within hours of each other in defiance of UN sanctions, says South Korea.

Military officials in the South said both were powerful Musudan missiles.

The first launch failed while the success of the second was still being analysed.

North Korea is banned by UN resolutions from any use of ballistic missile technology because of its nuclear weapons programme.

Four other missiles tested in the last two months are reported to have either exploded mid-air or crashed.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said if the latest test was confirmed to be of a ballistic missile, it “clearly cannot be tolerated”.

Surrounding countries had detected preparations for a launch in the past few days and warned that it was about to happen.

Japan had said it would shoot down the missile if it entered Japanese airspace.

The Musudan is believed to have a range of about 3,000km (1,800 miles), enough for it to hit South Korea, Japan and the US territory of Guam in the Western Pacific.

But North Korea is thought to have dozens of them but has never successfully tested one.  (BBC News)

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