North Korea test-fires ballistic missile, fails in flight

North Korea test-fires ballistic missile, fails in flight
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un watches a military drill marking the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this handout photo by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) made available on April 26, 2017. KCNA/Handout via REUTERS

North Korea has test-fired a new ballistic missile, but the launch is "estimated to have failed"

(VERO BEACH, FL) The ballistic missile was reportedly launched at 10:33 A.M. Hawaii time from an area north of Pyongyang, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported, citing the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“North Korea fired an unidentified missile from a site in the vicinity of Bukchang in Pyeongannam-do (South Pyeongan Province) early this morning," the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement, according to Yonhap.

“It is estimated to have failed,” the JCS said.

The missile reportedly exploded in the air just a few seconds after launch, Yonhap news agency said, adding that the projectile was likely a newly developed intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM). 

The South Korean military are analyzing the type of missile fired and flight distance of the projectile traveled. Meanwhile, U.S. officials are “still waiting to determine type of the missile,” Reuters reports.

Fox News is reporting from two U.S. military sources that the launch was directed toward the Sea of Japan.

President Trump has been briefed, according to a statement published the White House Press Office.

Japanese Cabinet Secretary Yoshida Suga has noted that one missile was test-fired and it was seen to drop within Korean territory. Secretary Suga reportedly strongly protests the action.

U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) has confirmed that the missile did not leave North Korean territory, and originated near Pukchang airfield.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has determined that the missile launch did not pose a threat to North America.

The launched missile was likely a medium-range KN-17 ballistic missile, according to AP.

Please contact TRUNEWS correspondent Edward Szall with any news tips related to this story.
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