After several test launches this month, nuclear-armed North Korea’s latest effort looks to have failed.
A missile is said to have exploded just after take-off on Wednesday.
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 intermediate-range missiles last year.
“US Pacific Command detected what we assess was a failed North Korean missile launch attempt … in the vicinity of Kalma,” Commander Dave Benham, a spokesman for US Pacific Command, said in a statement, referring to an air field in Wonsan.
“A missile appears to have exploded within seconds of launch,” Benham said, adding that work was being carried out on a more detailed assessment.
North Korea has conducted a missile test that appears to have failed, South Korea says https://t.co/o9RKylgUSl pic.twitter.com/OxsLa5vDuU— Bloomberg (@business) 22 mars 2017
A South Korean military official told Reuters the missile appeared to have exploded just after it was launched.
“It may have exploded right after it took off from a launch pad,” said the military official, who declined to be identified.