North Korea has attempted to launch a missile but it is believed to have failed, according to the US and South Korea. The news were revealed in a statement from South Korea. The United States also confirmed that it detected a missile launched at 5:51 a.m. local time. The missile was said to be launched from Sinpo, a port city on its east coast.
Type of Missile Not Yet Known
The United and South Korea do not know the type of missile but say the attempt was quickly over as it blew up immediately. The missile launch attempt comes a day after North Korea had a military parade. During the parade, North Korea showed off new missiles and other military hardware.
Recent Launch Attempts
It is not the first time that a missile is launched from the port city. Earlier this month, another missile attempt ended in failure when it fell into the ocean. Last month, North Korea also fired four missiles into the Sea of Japan. It is the fifth attempted launch by North Korea in 2017 but two of the three most recent have failed. The launch that ended in failure earlier this month happened before a meeting between US President Donald Trump and China President Xi Jinping.
China is North Korea’s only major ally but they have not approved of the recent missile launch attempts, which have Japan and allies on high alert. In February, China announced that it would be suspending coal imports from North Korea until the end of the year. The move was done as part of more UN sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear weapons program.
US Pacific Command, who detected and tracked the missile, says it blew up almost immediately. It is the second unsuccessful attempt by North Korea this month but it comes when tensions between the countries are at a tipping point.