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North's failed missile launch a response to US-South Korea naval drills

North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile in June was reported by the Korean Central News Agency.

SEOUL/WASHINGTON -- North Korea's unsuccessful launch of an intermediate-range missile Saturday likely was provoked by last week's U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises.

The U.S. detected the launch of what appeared to be a Musudan missile from the northwestern city of Kusong, near the Chinese border. The missile, with a range of over 3,000km, could reach the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam. But the missile reportedly exploded immediately after launch, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency said.

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