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US detects failed North Korean ballistic missile test

North Korean leader Kim Jung Un has defied international criticism. Credit: KCNA via Reuters

The US military has detected a failed North Korean test launch of an intermediate ballistic missile near the northwestern city of Kusong, the Pentagon said on Saturday.

Pentagon spokesman, US Navy Commander Gary Ross, said: "We strongly condemn this and North Korea's other recent missile tests.

We intend to raise our concerns at the UN to bolster international resolve in holding the DPRK accountable for these actions."

Ross said the US commitment to the defense of its allies in the region, including South Korea and Japan, was "iron-clad" in the face of Pyongyang's actions.

The Pentagon said the missile launch did not pose a threat to North America.

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North Korea fires three ballistic missiles, US confirms

Three ballistic missiles were launched by North Korea early on Tuesday. Credit: Reuters

North Korea launched three missiles early on Tuesday into the sea of its east coast, South Korea and the US have confirmed.

US Strategic Command said in a statement it detected the launches over the span of an hour of what it believed were two Scud tactical ballistic missiles and a No Dong intermediate-range ballistic missile.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command determined the missile launches from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America, the statement said.

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