Apparent N. Korea mid-range missile launch failed again: South

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Seoul (AFP)

North Korea on Thursday tried and appeared to have failed a second attempt to launch a powerful, new medium-range ballistic missile, South Korea's defence ministry said.

A ministry official said the North had launched what was believed to be a Musudan missile at around 6:40 am (2140 GMT Wednesday) from Wonsan on the east coast.

"It fell within seconds after the launch so is believed to have failed," the official told AFP.