For the second time this month, an attempt by North Korea to test-launch a ballistic missile has failed, American military officials said.
The communist country's apparently unsuccessful launch, near the central Pukchang airfield, occurred about 6:30 a.m. local time Saturday, said Cmdr. Dave Benham, a spokesman for U.S. Pacific Command.
Officials said the launch never posed a threat to North America.
"The missile did not leave North Korean territory," Benham said.
It was the second failed test in recent days by the government in Pyongyang. On April 16, a missile launched from the coastal city of Sinpo exploded "almost immediately," American military officials said.
Earlier this month, North Korea paraded missiles and other military hardware through Pyongyang in a show of force to commemorate the 105th birthday of the late founding president,
The government under Kim’s grandson, Kim Jong Un, has stepped up efforts to improve its nuclear and missile programs in violation of
Other tested missiles have traveled into the East Sea, posing no threat to South Korea or Japan, but raising the tension level in the region about the North's increasing capabilities.
The attempted launch came a day after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the U.N. Security Council to impose new economic sanctions on North Korea and to suspend or downgrade diplomatic relations with the country.
Tillerson, speaking at the U.N. for the first time, warned Friday of a “catastrophic” outcome if steps aren’t taken to halt North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. A day earlier,
On Friday, Trump expressed his displeasure via Twitter. The president, who has pressed China and its president,
Earlier this week the White House hosted an hourlong security briefing on North Korea for senators. In a rare move, the entire Senate was invited, and most members of the chamber attended the briefing on Wednesday.
Stiles is a special correspondent.
5:30 p.m.: This article has been updated with a tweet from President Trump.
4:35 p.m.: This article has been updated with Times reporting and comments from Dave Benham and Rex Tillerson.