FAST FIVE: Show-Of-Force Fail: South Korean Missile Malfunctions And Crashes, Causing Panic

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Show-Of-Force Fail: South Korean Missile Malfunctions And Crashes, Causing Panic What was supposed to be a South Korean show of force ended in humiliation on Wednesday as a ballistic missile malfunctioned and crashed near a South Korean city, triggering panic. There were no injuries — beyond those to the military's own reputation.

pic.twitter.com/TsIIH5SD1N – Sentletse (@Sentletse) October 5, 2022 The failed missile launch was part of a broader saber-rattling response to North Korea's successful launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile that flew over Japanese airspace on Tuesday.

Their concern that it could be a North Korean attack only grew as the military and government officials provided no explanation about the explosion for hours.

They don't even have an official press release yet.” The errant missile was a Hyunmoo-2, which the Center for Strategic and International Studies describes as a short-range, solid-fueled ballistic missile.

Fired from road-mobile launchers, recent variants are about 42 feet long, carry high explosive payloads and have a range of 500 miles.  A South Korean Hyunmoo-2 missile (Photo via CSIS) The US-South Korean show of force will soon be buttressed by the presence an aircraft carrier: The USS Ronald Reagan is being deployed to the waters east of the peninsula.  The UN Security Council is set to meet on Wednesday to discuss North Korea's missile launch.

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