North Korea attempts to launch missile, fails: South Korea military

North Korea attempted to launch a missile from its east coast, but it failed, according to the South Korean and USA militaries.

The United States Pacific Command said the North Korea missile blew up nearly immediately.

The rockets carried on articulated trailers appeared to be longer than the North's existing KN-08 or KN-14 missiles, analysts said.

That commitment, aides say, will be underscored by Pence's very personal ties to South Korea.

Pence is due in Seoul at the start of a 10-day trip to Asia in what his aides said was a sign of the U.S. commitment to its ally in the face of rising tension over North Korea.

A US military official, who requested anonymity to discuss planning, said the United States doesn't intend to use military force against North Korea in response to either a nuclear test or a missile launch.

An official said a missile was launched near Sinpo, North Korea, at 5:21 p.m. ET, and it exploded immediately.

President Donald Trump was briefed on the development, amid sky-high US-North Korean tensions.

United States officials were quoted by the Associated Press news agency as saying that the Trump administration was focusing more on raising pressure on North Korea with the help of China rather than using military force.

The officials are hopeful China and Russian Federation would agree to tighter United Nations sanctions on North Korea if it conducts another nuclear test.

"North Korea must have felt the shock wave travelling all the way from Afghanistan", the Communist party-controlled newspaper said in an editorial.

Trump has warned that North Korea will be dealt with and officials have confirmed that military action is being considered, although has not been approved.

Its eventual goal is a long-range nuclear missile that can strike the continental United States.

North Korea saw the toppling of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Moammar Gadhafi in Libya - neither of whom had nuclear weapons - as proof of the weapons' power.

The military then paraded its arsenal of weapons through the middle of the capital in Pyongyang.

Although North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test Saturday as some expected, leader Kim Jong Un presided over a military parade in celebration of the April 15 birthday of the late Kim Il Sung, his grandfather and the country's founding leader.

A live broadcast on North Korean state television Saturday showed Kim Jong-Un, 33, wearing a black suit and saluting as tanks, missiles and other hardware rolled through Kim Il-Sung Square.

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

Meanwhile, the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and an accompanying battle group are steaming towards the region, a deployment seemed to be a show of strength. "But this year, with all this other stuff, nobody cares about something that can go only 100 or 200 km", he said.

Speculation that it could conduct a sixth blast in the coming days to coincide with the anniversary has reached fever pitch, with specialist U.S. website 38North describing its Punggye-ri test site as "primed and ready" and White House officials saying military options were "already being assessed".

"The president and his military team are aware of North Korea's most recent unsuccessful missile launch".

Kim, the analyst, said it's likely that North Korea is also developing solid-fuel ICBMs, and that some of the rockets inside the canisters on Saturday might have been prototypes.

Additionally, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol told the Associated Press in an interview that Trump's "aggressive tweets" help create a "vicious cycle" of tension in the region.



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