North Korea attempted a missile launch Sunday morning local time (5:21pm ET), but it failed “almost immediately” United States military officials confirmed to NBC News.
South Korea’s military detected the same results, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.
The launch was attempted from Sinpo, a city on North Korea’s east coast, some 400 miles from Japan,according to U.S. Pacific Command.
Early assessments suggested the projectile was not the feared intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the continental U.S., two U.S. military officials told NBC News.
The attempted launch comes just one day after the North held a massive parade to display is military might, including what experts said included new capabilities for long-range ICBMs. It marks the second time in as many months that a North Korean missile ended in an embarrassing explosion just after launch.
President Donald Trump, who is at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, this weekend, was briefed on the launch, a senior White House official told NBC News.
“The president and his military team are aware of North Korea’s most recent unsuccessful missile launch. The president has no further comment,” Secretary of Defense James Mattis said in a statement Saturday night.
“U.S. Pacific Command is fully committed to working closely with our allies in the Republic of Korea and in Japan to maintain security,” the military said in an earlier statement on Saturday.
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SOURCE: NBC News – COURTNEY KUBE, KELLY O’DONNELL and STELLA KIM