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South korea navy apologises after failed missile launch sparks alarm

America and south korea fired missiles into the east sea - additionally referred to as the sea of japan

South korea's navy has apologized after a failed missile release at some stage in a joint drill with the united states sparked alarm among residents in the coastal town of gangneung. 

They stated hearing an explosion and seeing a fireplace overnight. But the army, which has said there have been no casualties, did not acknowledge the incident until seven hours later. 

The launch was in response to north korea firing a missile over japan early on tuesday. That is the primary time pyongyang has flown a missile over japan due to the fact 2017 - and it brought about a show of pressure from america, japan and south korea which conducted navy drills. 

Seoul and washington additionally fired a volley of missiles into the east sea - also referred to as the sea of japan - among the korean peninsula and japan. 

The south korean army later showed that one of their missiles failed soon after it become released and crashed - this turned into separate to the ones released with the united states. 

The army also said that the hyunmoo-2 missile carried a warhead but that it did no longer explode, and apologized for inflicting worry. Residents in gangneung said they noticed a shiny flash and heard an explosion at around 01:00 on wednesday (16:00 gmt tuesday). 

They had been left inside the dark for hours, and many of them published on social media questioning what had occurred, even as sharing pix and movies of the incident. 

The footage confirmed what seemed to be a brightly burning fire, with smoke growing from a distance.

"i can't sleep due to the fact i feel demanding [after hearing] the explosion," said one user, in line with news website online kang won ilbo. Any other wondered if a aircraft had crashed.


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North Korea's missile launch on Tuesday was the fifth carried out by Pyongyang in a week. Many of its missile tests are conducted on a flight path that reaches a high altitude, avoiding flights over its neighbors.

But firing over or past Japan allows North Korean scientists to test missiles under circumstances 

"that are more representative of the conditions they'd endure in real-world use", 

analyst Ankit Panda told news agency Reuters.

In September, North Korea passed a law declaring itself to be a nuclear weapons state, with leader Kim Jong-un ruling out the possibility of talks on de-nuclearisation.

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