A North Korean missile exploded during it’s launch Sunday according to South Korean and US officials. This comes only one day after North Korea had a massive military parade showing it’s vast inventory of missiles.
From the AP:
A North Korean missile exploded during launch Sunday, U.S. and South Korean officials said, a high-profile failure that comes as a powerful U.S. aircraft supercarrier approaches the Korean Peninsula in a show of force.
It wasn’t immediately clear what kind of missile was test-fired from the east coast city of Sinpo. But the failure will sting in Pyongyang because it comes a day after one of the biggest North Korean propaganda events of the year— celebrations of the 105th birthday of late North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, the current leader’s grandfather.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis released a statement on the North Korea missile test: “The president and his military team are aware of North Korea’s most recent unsuccessful missile launch. The president has no further comment.”
All of this is occurring as Vice President Pence is currently on his way to South Korea and has been ‘briefed on the failed launch en route to Seoul and had been in touch with Trump,’ according to White House officials.
This is an extremely provocative move for North Korea to make, but did reveal the limits of their capabilities.