Washington: North Korea launched a missile today but it blew up almost immediately after its launch, the US military said, a day after Pyongyang warned Washington that it is "prepared to respond to an all-out war with an all-out war".
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.
"The missile blew up almost immediately. The type of missile is still being assessed," the US Pacific Command (USPACOM) said in a statement. The US Pacific Command detected and tracked what it assessed was a North Korean missile, the statement said.
"The launch of the ballistic missile occurred near Sinpo," US Pacific Command spokesman CDR Dave Benham said.
Sinpo, a port city in eastern North Korea, was also the site of a ballistic missile test earlier this month in which the projectile fell into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea. "USPACOM is fully committed to working closely with its allies in the Republic of Korea and in Japan to maintain security," Benham said.
Meanwhile, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said that President Donald Trump and his military team are aware of the missile launch. "The President and his military team are aware of North Korea's most recent unsuccessful missile launch. The President has no further comment," said Mattis.
South Korean and US intelligence officials are trying to determine what type of missile was used yesterday, but it was described as a land-based missile.