North Korean missile launch fails
SEOUL: A North Korean missile appeared to have exploded yesterday just after it was launched, the United States and South Korean militaries said after detecting the latest in a series of weapons tests by the nucleararmed state that have alarmed the region.
The launch attempt was made from near the city of Wonsan, on North Korea’s east coast, the same place from where it launched several intermediaterange missiles last year, all but one of which failed.
“US Pacific Command detected a failed North Korean missile launch attempt in the vicinity of Kalma,” Commander Dave Benham, a spokesman for US Pacific Command, said, referring to an air field in Wonsan.
He said work was being carried out on a more detailed assessment. A South Korean military official said the missile appeared to have exploded just after it was launched.
It was not clear what type of missile it was. The South Korean Defence Ministry said it was conducting analysis to determine further details.
Speaking here on Friday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said a policy of strategic patience with North Korea had ended and all options, including a military one, were on the table if North Korea threatened South Korean or US forces. Reuters
An underwater test-fire of strategic submarine ballistic missile being conducted at an undisclosed location in North Korea.