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SKorea says missile malfunctioned and fell during exercise

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SEOUL, South Korea (UKTN) — A South Korean ballistic missile malfunctioned and fell to land during a live fire drill with the United States, with the sound of the explosion and ensuing fire causing panic among residents of the United States. coastal town of Gangneung.

They feared an attack from increasingly hostile North Korea.

South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff said on Wednesday that no one was injured in the accident Tuesday night. It said the military was investigating why the Hyunmoo-2 missile was malfunctioning. It did not immediately indicate where the missile landed.

The military acknowledged the accident hours after internet users posted videos showing an orange flame flame emanating from an area they described as near an air force base in Gangneung.

The live fire drill came hours after North Korea flew a nuclear-capable ballistic missile that traversed Japan in the most provocative weapons demonstration in years. Tuesday’s launch expanded a record number of North Korean launches this year, as the country pushes to develop a full-fledged nuclear arsenal capable of threatening the U.S. mainland and its allies with the aim of extracting concessions from those countries.

The joint chiefs of staff said the South Korean and U.S. armies successfully fired a total of four Army Tactical Missile Systems missiles during the exercise they said was intended to demonstrate its precision strike capabilities against the north.

The Allies launched fighter jets earlier on Tuesday that fired weapons at a target off South Korea’s west coast in another show of strength.