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    The United States condemns a missile launch attempt by North Korea on Wednesday night, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said in a press conference.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier, the US Stretegic Command announced that the US detected an unsuccessful missile launch by North Korea on Wednesday evening.

    "We strongly condemn last night’s attempt, which even in failing violated several UN Security Council resolutions," Carter stated on Thursday. "This latest provocation only strengthens our resolve to work together with our Republic of Korea allies to main stability on the peninsula."

    Tensions on the Korean Peninsula intensified in September after North Korea claimed to have successfully exploded a nuclear warhead, having previously detonated a hydrogen bomb in January.

    The September 9 test is believed to be the fifth and largest blast since Pyongyang began pursuing nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The UN Security Council condemned the test as a repeated violation of the world body’s resolutions.


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