- Suspected North Korean mid-range missile launch fails
- Firing is latest in a long line of provocative acts from Pyongyang
The missile was fired around 6:10 a.m. local time on Thursday (5.40 p.m. Wednesday ET).
The military cannot confirm exactly when the missile exploded, but that it “crashed shortly after it was launched,” the official said.
The previous attempt, which took place on the birthday of North Korea’s founder, Kim Il Sung, was tracked by the U.S. but there was “no evidence the missile reached flight,” a U.S. official told CNN’s Barbara Starr.
Latest in line of tests
It also comes as an increasingly belligerent North Korea continues to advance its nuclear weapons program in open defiance of international condemnation, including that of its closest regional ally, China.
At the time, U.S. President Barack Obama said is was clear “that North Korea continues to engage in continuous provocative behavior. They have been actively pursuing an nuclear program, an ability to launch nuclear weapon.”
“Although more often than not they fail in these tests, they gain knowledge each time they engage in these tests,” he added. “And we take it very seriously.”