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North Korea test was of Scud missile - U.S. officials

FILE PHOTO - A North Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A North Korean missile launch on Tuesday was of a liquid-fuelled Scud missile which only travelled a fraction of it’s range, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

Initially, the U.S. military said North Korea had tested a KN-15 medium-range ballistic missile.

“We are now certain it was a liquid-fuelled Scud,” said a senior White House official, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

“It spun out of control after going only a fraction of its range,” the official said.

Reporting by Idrees Ali and Steve Holland; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama