North Korea attempted to fire a missile it introduced at a massive military parade – but it was an embarrassing failure when the weapon blew up almost immediately after being launched.
The missiles, intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) was revealed to the world in a display of military might during the country’s parade and celebration yesterday,is thought to be one of the country’s new ‘game-changer’.
The South Korean defence ministry said it had detected a failed launch from Sinpo – where North Korea’s biggest submarine base is located.
According to a military official the weapon is ‘presumed to be a new ICBM’ as it is longer than the existing KN-08 or KN-14 missiles.
US defence secretary James Mattis said Donald Trump is ‘aware’ of the launch and has no further comment as Vice President landed in South Korea ahead of a 10-day Asia tour which comes amid the turmoil over North Korea’s threats to advance its growing nuclear and defence capabilities.
He is joined by his wife and two adult daughters and will lay a wreath at the Seoul National Cemetery and join US and South Korean troops for Easter Sunday church services and a dinner.
The information of the failed missile launch didn’t come from North Korean Govt, it came from the South Korean defence ministry which released a statement.
The statement read:
‘North Korea attempted to test an unidentified type of missile from Sinpo area in the South Hamkyong Province this morning, but we suspect the launch has failed.’
In a statement, the US military said: ‘U.S. Pacific Command detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean missile launch at 11:21 a.m. Hawaii time April 15.
‘The launch of the ballistic missile occurred near Sinpo.
‘The missile blew up almost immediately. The type of missile is still being assessed.
‘U.S. Pacific Command is fully committed to working closely with our allies in the Republic of Korea and in Japan to maintain security.’
The Foreign Office has said it is ‘concerned by reports of a missile test by North Korea’ and is ‘monitoring the situation closely’.
North Korea has launched 5 missile launches that are mobile ICBMs that can reach as far as the United States and yesterday’s failed launch would have been the 6th one.
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