The threat from North Korea to launch another underground nuclear weapons test seems to have fizzled on the launch pad, according to reports from the region. South Korea, which monitors their hostile northern neighbor closely, first reported the failure earlier this evening.

Report from the New York Times:

North Korea launched a ballistic missile Sunday morning from near its submarine base in Sinpo on its east coast, but the launch failed, according to the South Korean military.

The timing was a deep embarrassment for the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, because the missile appeared to have been launched to show off his daring as a fleet of American warships approached his country to deter provocations.

“U.S. Pacific Command detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean missile launch at 11:21 a.m. Hawaii time April 15. The launch of the ballistic missile occurred near Sinpo,” said Cmdr. Dave Benham, a spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Command.

The missile blew up almost immediately, and the type of missile involved was still being assessed, he said.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis says the White House is aware, but has no response at this point, according to Bradd Jaffy of NBC News:

Also a report from the UK Daily Mail:

The South Korean defence ministry said it had detected a failed launch from Sinpo – where North Korea’s biggest submarine base is located.

According to a military official the weapon is ‘presumed to be a new ICBM’ as it is longer than the existing KN-08 or KN-14 missiles.

US defence secretary James Mattis said Donald Trump is ‘aware’ of the launch and has no further comment.

The South Korean defence ministry said in a statement: ‘North Korea attempted to test an unidentified type of missile from Sinpo area in the South Hamkyong Province this morning, but we suspect the launch has failed.’

More on this story as it develops.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Instead of trying to get along the fat little turd known as Kim Jong Un is too busy sabre rattling. The fool doesn’t know that he is rattling a BROKEN sabre.

  2. Russia maintains close ties to North Korea, with which it shares a border, although it isn’t as strong an ally as China. Neither Russia or China are on board with Trump’s bully attitude and actions regarding Kim Jong Un. Very dangerous path, Trump and Pence, are leading the United States onto.

    Mike Pence said “the era of strategic patience is over,” while on a visit to the demilitarized zone between South and North Korea Monday. In reply to Pence, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged the U.S. to avoid any unilateral use of force against North Korea, warning this would be “a very risky course of action”. He compared it to the U.S. missile strike earlier this month on Syria, which Moscow denounced as aggression.

    Trump mistakenly believes he can strong arm the world. Russia and China have the same, or stronger, bombs than we do. All capable of destroying our world as we know it.

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