North Korea fired an unknown ballistic missile on Sunday (April 16), but the bomb exploded seconds after the lift. The launch came a day after the Pyongyang offered its potential in a grand military parade to mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of North Korean founding father Kim II-sung.The movements of the North Korean regime have spoken despite global condemnation against its weapons program, including China – a key ally.
The last missile was fired at 6:30 p.m. local time (9.20 p.m. GMT) on Saturday from the mainland port of Sinbo, said the chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea. However, no information was provided on the type of missile. The US Pacific Command, which is monitoring the situation, said the rocket exploded within seconds of its launch.
“North Korea, which suffered a variety of offensive missiles in a military parade on April 15 and dared launch a ballistic missile today [April 16], is a display of force that threatens the entire world,” a statement from the South Korean Foreign Ministry said.Within hours of the launch, the National Security Council in Seoul held an emergency session to handle the situation and vowed to respond vigorously to any provocation.
An unnamed US official told Reuters it was unlikely to be a long-range missile, adding that experts were still analyzing weapons closely. On 5 April, Pyongyang launched a ballistic missile – believed to be a medium-range Can-15 missile – covering about 60 kilometers before it crashed into the sea. South Korean officials believe the rocket, which began on Sunday, may be of the same type.
The timing of the launch comes at a crucial time when US Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to arrive in Seoul on April 16. It is widely expected to discuss ways to curb North Korean missiles and its nuclear programs.”The president and his military team are aware of the latest launch of a failed missile in North Korea and the president has made no further comment,” US Defense Secretary Jim Matisse said.