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South Korea: North Korean missile test fails

South Korea: North Korean missile test fails

North Korea launched an unidentified missile, unsuccessfully, on Sunday morning from its east coast, near Sinpo, say USA military officials.

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House that the North Korean "problem" "will be taken care of".

The attempted launch occurred a day after the regime of Kim Jong Un showed off a bevy of new missiles and launchers at a large-scale military parade on its most important holiday, CNN reported. The United States, South Korea and other countries have vowed to apply more pressure on the North, but so far nothing has worked to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program.

A North Korean missile exploded during launch Sunday from the country's east coast, USA and South Korean officials said, a high-profile failure that comes as a powerful US aircraft carrier approaches the Korean Peninsula in a show of force.

A TV screen shows file footage of North Korea's ballistic missiles, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul on Sunday.

North Korea launched a long-range rocket and conducted two nuclear tests past year, including its most powerful to date.

The JCS confirmed the botched missile launch, saying it is still analyzing what type of missile was launched. Last year, Pyongyang attempted to launch a Musudan missile on April 15, an auspicious date on which millions celebrate the birth of the nation's founder - Kim II Sung, the late grandfather of North Korea's current leader.

Analysts warn that even failed missile launches provide valuable knowledge to North Korea as it tries to build its weapons program.

Seoul's foreign ministry "strongly condemned" the launch, warning that Pyongyang would face "serious punitive measures" should it conduct a nuclear test or other major strategic provocations.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in South Korea at the start of a 10-day trip to Asia that comes amid turmoil along the Korean Peninsula over North Korea's threats to advance its growing nuclear and defense capabilities.

Han said: "We certainly will not keep our arms crossed in the face of a USA pre-emptive strike".

On Saturday, the North staged a massive military parade to mark the 105th birthday of its national founder Kim Il-sung, where it showed off three ICBMs to apparently send a message that it would not yield to USA military pressure. He will also aim to reassure allies in South Korea and Japan that the US will take appropriate steps to defend them against North Korean aggression.

The extended-range Scud missile in that earlier launch suffered an in-flight failure and fell into the sea off North Korea's east coast, according to USA imagery and assessments.