North Korea had a catastrophic failure after if launched projectile missiles in the direction of Japan. The projectile exploded within seconds, possibly immediately after leaving its launching pad, but its neighboring countries are quickly scrambling to find out what kind of missile was it as well as why it failed.
This launch was identified as yet another North Korean weapons test, which came after a series of practice launches this month, including the launch of four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan earlier this month. North Korea’s leader claimed that is it is going through a ‘new birth’ of its rocket industry, launching two nuclear tests in addition to the series of missile launches between 2016 and 2017.
There are some claims that their goal is to create nuclear tipped missiles that can reach the United States.
Neighbouring countries were preparing for the possibility of additional launches after the failed weapons test.
North Korea has launched a series of tests in recent months, with Wednesday’s launch coming after the nuclear-armed state claimed it had made a major breakthrough in its rocket programme.
Commander Dave Benham, a spokesman for US Pacific Command, said: “US Pacific Command detected what we assess was a failed North Korean missile launch attempt … in the vicinity of Kalma.”