According to the South Korean military, their northern counterpart attempted to test a missile on their east coast but the launch was unsuccessful. The day before, North Korea had a parade for state founder Kim II-sung’s 105th birthday. This was an opportunity to showcase their latest missile and weapon technology. Tensions are high over Pyongyang’s nuclear program.
Reuters reported, in a statement from the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, the unidentified missile test was sought near the Sinpo region, in the early morning hours. There have been no more details reported from the southern part of the country, because they are studying the botched launch attempt.
Earlier this month, the North launched a ballistic missile into the waters off the peninsula. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, in a short statement with disgust that North Korea had fired yet another ballistic missile, and the U.S. has said, “Enough,” to that country.
President Donald Trump had a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is an important ally of North Korea. In the meeting, he pressed the Chinese government to take a stronger approach concerning North Korea. However, in a interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump admitted it is not so easy after listening for only ten minutes.
Written by Katherine Miller
The Hill: North Korea fails attempted missile launch, South Korea says
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