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(LEAD) N. Korea fails in missile test: S. Korean military

2017/04/29 06:32

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with details; CHANGES headline)

SEOUL, April 29 (Yonhap) -- North Korea launched a ballistic missile on Saturday, which apparently exploded seconds after liftoff, South Korea's military said.

"North Korea fired an unidentified missile from a site in the vicinity of Bukchang in Pyeongannam-do (South Pyeongan Province) in the northeastern direction at around 5:30 a.m today," the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. "It is estimated to have failed."

   The JSC added it's analyzing additional information.

It said the South's military is keeping a close eye on the possibility of additional provocations from the North and maintaining a thorough defense posture.

lcd@yna.co.kr

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