An attempted missile launch by North Korea failed early Sunday, South Korea’s military says.
The missile, launched from the country’s east coast, came only one day after the rogue nation had its annual military parade through the city of Pyongyang.
“North Korea attempted to test an unidentified type of missile from [its eastern port of] Sinpo,” South Korean military officials said.
North Korea’s military had also threatened to “hit back with nuclear attacks” after the Trump administration said it would increase pressure on the Communist regime.
The launch follows numerous other missile launches and five nuclear tests – with a sixth suspected to come soon.
Details on why the launch failed remain uncertain at this time. Reports from the Daily Mail claim the projectile is “presumed to be a new ICBM.”
The failed launch was also tracked by U.S. Pacific Command.
“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,” a statement said. “The launch of the ballistic missile occurred near Sinpo.”
Although the type of missile has yet to be determined, U.S. Pacific Command also noted that it “blew up almost instantly.”
“U.S. Pacific Command is fully committed to working closely with our allies in the Republic of Korea and in Japan to maintain security.”