North Korea missile test: Latest launch 'blew up nearly immediately'

North Korea launched a missile that "blew up nearly immediately" during the nation's latest attempt at military might, USA officials said on Saturday.

Pacific Command detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean missile launch at 11:21 a.m. Hawaii time April 15.

The official said the missile blew up so quickly there is limited data.

The military is still determining the missile type; however, initial reports suggest it was likely not an ICBM.

"We stand alongside our worldwide partners in making clear that North Korea must adhere to United Nations resolutions created to secure peace and stability in the region and stop its pursuit of nuclear weapons", he said.

Friday's massive military parade coincided with the birthday of North Korea's founding dictator, Kim Il-sung, the grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong-un.

The missile failure also came just hours ahead of a visit by US Vice President Mike Pence to South Korea where the North's weapons programme will top the agenda. This matters because while North Korea regularly launches short-range missiles, it is also developing mid-range and long-range missiles meant to target USA troops in Asia and, eventually, the US mainland.

It also comes hot on the heels of a North Korean military parade which included what appeared, at least, to be a trio of intercontinental ballistic missiles, perhaps the U.S.'s foremost concern about the authoritarian state's military capabilities.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves to people attending the military parade on Saturday.

The White House has said Trump has put the North "on notice".

At the ceremony for the event, North Korean politician and army official Choe Ryong-hae charged President Donald Trump with "creating a war situation" by sending a Navy carrier strike group to the region.

"The United States has spoken enough about North 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 US commitment to its ally in the face of rising tension over North Korea. "The President has no further comment", US Defense Secretary James Mattis said.

Washington and Seoul will try hard to figure out what exactly North Korea fired. China is North Korea's only major ally.

President Donald Trump this month dispatched a warship fleet towards the Korean Peninsula as the USA weighed retaliation for any missile or nuclear test.

Many outside analysts believe that North Korea has not yet mastered the technology to build warheads small enough to place on long-range missiles.

North Korea's actions come as tensions on the Korean Peninsula have spiked to alarming levels.



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