“South Korea and the U.S. are aware of the missile launch and to their knowledge North Korea’s missile was not successfully launched,” the South Korean defense ministry said in a statement Wednesday. The defense ministry did not clarify what type of missile North Korea attempted to fire. The missile launch took place near Kalma, on North Korea’s east coast.
The attempted launch Wednesday is the latest in a series of launches Pyongyang used to probe U.S. President Donald Trump’s fledgling administration and assert itself in east Asia. Security experts worry the flurry of launches could indicate new advancements in North Korea’s missile programs in tandem with its nuclear weapons program.