North Korean ballistic missile launch FAILS: Kim Jong-un launches new ‘game changer missile’ hours after it was introduced at a military parade – but it BLOWS UP almost immediately in embarrassing failure

  • North Korea is thought to have attempted to fire a missile amid rising tensions
  • But the launch failed in what could prove to be embarrassing for the country
  • According to military official the weapon is ‘presumed to be a new ICBM’
  • Comes hours after North Korea unveiled ‘game-changer’ ballistic missiles
  • US Vice President Mike Pence due to land in South Korean capital Seoul

North Korea attempted to fire a missile it introduced at a massive military parade – but it was an embarrassing failure when the weapon blew up four or five seconds after being launched.

It is thought to be one of the country’s new ‘game-changer’ intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) which was revealed to the world in a display of military might yesterday.

The South Korean defence ministry said it had detected a failed launch from Sinpo – where North Korea’s biggest submarine base is located.

According to a military official the weapon is ‘presumed to be a new ICBM’ as it is longer than the existing KN-08 or KN-14 missiles.

US defence secretary James Mattis said Donald Trump is ‘aware’ of the launch and has no further comment as Vice President landed in South Korea ahead of a 10-day Asia tour.

The South Korean defence ministry said in a statement: ‘North Korea attempted to test an unidentified type of missile from Sinpo area in the South Hamkyong Province this morning, but we suspect the launch has failed.’



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North Korea made an unsuccessful attempt to launch a missile the day after displaying  a massive show of strength, South Korean and US military sources have said.

Details of the attempted launch are scant, but it will be seen as a gesture of defiance by Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader.

U.S. Pacific Command detected and tracked what it assessed to be a North Korean ballistic missile launch at 11:21 a.m. Hawaii time (2121 GMT) on Saturday, said U.S. Navy Commander Dave Benham, a spokesman for  Pacific Command.

“The missile blew up almost immediately. The type of missile is still being assessed,” he said.