*Another* Musudan Launch and Another Failure

US Strategic Command reports that North Korea has just conducted another test of the Musudan missile, hot on the heels of Friday’s failed test, and a reemphasis by Washington of extended deterrence on the Korean peninsula.

Today’s test, as with that on Friday, was near the city of Kusong.

According to Stratcom

“U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) systems detected what we assess was a failed North Korean missile launch,” the command said in a statement.

“The missile is presumed to be a Musudan missile,” it said. “The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America.”

It would appear that North Korea is quite determined to make the Musudan operational. With every test, even failed ones, North Korean missile engineers ride up the learning curve.

An interesting question to consider here is; why another test so soon after the last failure?

Information at the moment is patchy. The Friday test failed immediately after launch. Reports suggest that the latest test failed “shortly” after launch

Analysis by South Korean and US military monitors suggested Thursday’s missile had exploded shortly after take-off at around 6:30am Pyongyang time (2200 GMT Wednesday), the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.