Reuters is reporting that North Korea has tried and failed to launch a missile.
The report, citing statements from South Korea’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, does not specify what type of missile the North attempted to launch, and neither does it specify what the target was, although it was likely just a test launch.
The statement from South Korea on the missile launch reads, “The North attempted to launch an unidentified missile from near the Sinpo region this morning but it is suspected to have failed.” Reuters says that no further details are available from the South Koreans, but they have indicated that they are continuing to monitor the attempted launch.
Cmdr. Dave Benham, a spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Command, told the New York Times that the missile “blew up almost immediately.”
The launch comes just a day after North Korea’s annual military parade, held on the occasion of the birthday of the current regime’s founder, Kim Il-Sung. That parade was one of the few occasions when foreign journalists have been allowed in the country in recent years.
That launch also comes as tensions in the region build up, following the Trump Administration’s deployment of a U.S. Navy strike group to the waters off North Korea’s coast.
A recent NBC report suggests that the U.S. is prepared to launch a pre-emptive strike against North Korea should they take further substantive steps towards readying a nuclear weapon. Although Pentagon officials unsurprisingly denied that report, the pre-emptive strike that it speaks of remains possible.