South Korean army soldiers pass by a TV news program showing a file footage of a missile launch conducted by North Korea at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Ahnn Young-joon)
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North Korea tried and failed to test-fire what appeared to be a medium-range Musudan missile on the birthday of founding leader Kim Il-Sung Friday, a high-profile misstep after Pyongyang claimed a series of breakthroughs in its nuclear weapons program.There had been widespread intelligence reports in recent days that the North was preparing a first-ever flight test of the Musudan, believed to be capable of striking U.S. bases in the Pacific island of Guam. Pyongyang has hailed a series of achievements in recent months, including miniaturizing a nuclear warhead to fit on a missile, developing a warhead that can withstand atmospheric re-entry, and building a solid-fuel missile engine.Existing UN resolutions forbid North Korea from the use of any ballistic missile-related technology.
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