On Tuesday, North Korea continued its aggressive actions towards the United States and Japan by launching another missile. This launch failed in flight within seconds of liftoff.
American, Japanese and South Korean ballistic missile defense systems detected the activity on North Korea’s east coast in the city of Wonsan. This led those countries scurrying to find out what kind of missile it was, and why it failed.
There have been a series of missile tests conducted by the North Korean government within recent months. This launch came soon after the nuclear-armed state claimed that it had made a major breakthrough in its rocket program.
A spokesman for the United States Pacific Command stated that the “U.S. Pacific Command detected what we assess was a failed North Korean missile launch attempt…in the vicinity of Kalma.”
Kalma is an airfield near Wonsan.
It is not clear yet as to what type of missile was used, but the South Korean government is currently investigation the situation.
Last year, Kim Jong-un tested several missiles with all but one failing.
Despite U.N. resolutions, North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests and a series of missile launches in 2016 and 2017.
It is believed that North Korea is working to develop nuclear-tipped missiles that can reach targets in the United States.