Report: North Korea's attempted test-launch of missile fails

Xinhua Published: 2017-04-16 09:02:51
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A submarine-launched ballistic missile is displayed during a military parade in central Pyongyang, April 15, 2017. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Saturday showcased its military muscles by parading all of its most-advanced ballistic and tactic missiles, including a submarine-launched ballistic missile which could strike targets 1000 km away. [Photo: Xinhua/Zhu Longchuan]

A submarine-launched ballistic missile is displayed during a military parade in central Pyongyang, April 15, 2017. North Korea on Saturday showcased its military muscles by parading all of its most-advanced ballistic and tactic missiles, including a submarine-launched ballistic missile which could strike targets 1000 km away. [Photo: Xinhua/Zhu Longchuan]

North Korea's attempted early Sunday to test-fire an unidentified missile on its east coast, which was believed to have failed, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. 

The JCS confirmed the botched missile launch, saying it is still analyzing what type of missile was launched. 

On April 5, North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile at a nearby region on the east coast, but it fell in eastern waters after abnormally flying about 60 km. 

At the time, the South Korean military identified it as Pukguksong-2, an intermediate-range ballistic missile known to be newly developed based on a technology of submarine-launched ballistic missile. 

The failed show of force by North Korea came amid mounting tensions on the Korean Peninsula, which was caused by the USS Carl Vinson and its accompanying warships that have re-routed and headed to the peninsula about a week earlier. 

North Korea held a massive military parade on Saturday to mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founder Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of current top leader Kim Jong Un. 

During the parade, the country showed off what were believed to be three types of intercontinental ballistic missile.

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