South Korea: North Korea missile test ends in failure

North Korea on Sunday attempted to launch an unidentified ballistic missile from its east coast, but it exploded right after lift-off, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

A U.S. Navy attack on a Syrian airfield this month with Tomahawk missiles raised questions about U.S. President Donald Trump's plans for reclusive North Korea, which has conducted several missile and nuclear tests in defiance of U.N. sanctions, regularly threatening to destroy the South and the United States.

The attempted launch occurred a day after the regime of Kim Jong Un showed off a bevy of new missiles and launchers at a large-scale military parade on its most important holiday, CNN reported.

North Korean soldiers also exhibited large rockets covered by canisters which were rolled out in two different types of transporter erector launcher trucks, or TELs.

Tensions have been on the rise along the Korean Peninsula with the arrival of a USA aircraft carrier to the area and the deployment of thousands of US and South Korean troops, tanks and other weaponry for their biggest-ever joint military exercises.

Pence said North Korea's "provocation" was another reminder of the risks that US and South Korean service members face every day "in the defense of the freedom of the people of South Korea and the defense of America in this part of the world".

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Trump has suggested that the USA will take a tougher stance against North Korea, telling reporters last week: "North Korea is a problem". The United States, Japan and South Korea, as well as Russian Federation and China, took part in talks with North Korea on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula between 2003 and 2009, when Pyongyang withdrew from the talks. "He continues to develop this program, he continues to launch missiles into the Sea of Japan", the adviser said.

In 2012, North Korea unveiled long-range missiles that some arms analysts dismissed as fake.

The official said that had it been a nuclear test, "other actions would have been taken by the U.S". He arrived in South Korea shortly after a failed missile launch by the North that surrounded the birth anniversary of North Korea's late founder. The country launched a long-range rocket and conducted the two nuclear tests a year ago, including its most powerful to date.

"If the USA provokes recklessly, the revolutionary forces will take an annihilating strike", Choe Ryong Hae, a senior regime official, said in a speech at the parade.

Pence's first trip to South Korea will carry personal meaning as well. "I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea", he tweeted."If they are unable to do so, the US, with its allies, will!" This matters because while North Korea regularly launches short-range missiles, it is also developing mid-range and long-range missiles meant to target US troops in Asia and, eventually, the USA mainland.

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