US military gave a statement that after the launch attempt from a base in Sinpo North Korea, a medium-range missile “blew up almost immediately”.
Former Conservative foreign secretary Sir Malcom Rifkind concluded that it was possible the weapon either malfunctioned or was sabotaged by a US cyberattack. The test came a day after a huge military parade in the capital Pyongyang, on which was presented a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
According to US officials, the weapon in the failed launch was not an ICBM, which has a minimum range of 3,400 miles and is designed to carry nuclear warheads.
The level of International concern has been increasing over the deteriorating situation, with China expressing fears war could break out “at any moment”.
US national security adviser Lieutenant General HR McMaster said the rogue state’s actions “just can’t continue. This latest missile test just fits into a pattern of provocative, destabilizing, and threatening behavior on the part of the North Korean regime and I think there is international consensus now, including the Chinese, and the Chinese leadership, that this is a situation that just can’t continue.”
US President Donald Trump stated over twitter: “Our military is building and is rapidly becoming stronger than ever before. Frankly, we have no choice!”
The North, under leader Kim Jong-Un, launched a ballistic missile from the same region earlier this month ahead of a summit between the the US and China. On that occasion the ballistic missile flew for about 37 miles (60km) before landing in the Sea of Japan.
Mr Trump has made special notice over fears the country is developing a weapon that could threaten the US. On this topic, North Korea Officials on Saturday morning warned America to end its “military hysteria” or face retaliation with “nuclear attacks of our own style”.
China, Pyongyang’s sole major ally, has warned that the tensions must be stopped from reaching an “irreversible and unmanageable stage”.