North Korea mis­sile launch is fail­ure

Mis­fire comes day af­ter coun­try shows off mil­i­tary might

The Commercial Appeal - - From The Cover - Thomas Maresca

North Korea at­tempted to launch a new mis­sile early Sun­day, but the de­vice “blew up al­most im­me­di­ately,” the U.S. mil­i­tary said.

The Pen­tagon and South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said it wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear what type of mis­sile was in­volved. The failed launch from the east coast city of Sinpo came a day af­ter tens of thou­sands of North Korean sol­diers goose-stepped and new mis­siles and other mil­i­tary hard­ware were wheeled out in a show of mil­i­tary strength and de­fi­ance dur­ing a cel­e­bra­tory pa­rade in the cap­i­tal of Py­ongyang.

Pres­i­dent Trump had warned the iso­lated regime to avoid nu­clear or mis­sile tests or face un­spec­i­fied con­se­quences.

The pa­rade marked the 105th an­niver­sary of the birth of the regime’s founder, Kim IlSung, a date cel­e­brated as the “Day of the Sun” in North Korea. He is the grand­fa­ther of cur­rent leader Kim Jong-Un, who was on hand to wit­ness the spec­ta­cle.

North Korea has warned that it was pre­pared to strike back against the United States and South Korea as ten­sions rise on the Korean Penin­sula. Last week­end, the U.S. sent air­craft car­rier USS Carl Vin­son to nearby wa­ters as heated words ratch­eted up.

“Our tough­est coun­ter­ac­tion against the U.S. and its vas­sal forces will be taken in such a mer­ci­less man­ner as not to al­low the ag­gres­sors to sur­vive,” a spokesper­son for North Korea’s mil­i­tary said ahead of the pa­rade, ac­cord­ing to the state-run KCNA news agency.

Pres­i­dent Trump has also stirred the pot with his Twit­ter feed. On April 11, he tweeted that “North Korea is look­ing for trou­ble,” and said China’s help would be wel­comed, but that the U.S. was pre­pared to solve the prob­lem with­out Beijing.

On Thurs­day, Trump tweeted again that the U.S., along with its al­lies, was pre­pared to deal with North Korea.

North Korea’s vice for­eign min­is­ter Han Song Ryol told The Associated Press on Fri­day that “Trump is al­ways mak­ing provo­ca­tions with his ag­gres­sive words.”

WONG MAYE-E/AP

A sub­ma­rine-launched bal­lis­tic mis­sile is dis­played at a mil­i­tary pa­rade Satur­day in Py­ongyang, North Korea.

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