North Korea tried to fire a missile it introduced few hours ago at a military parade – but the launch was an embarrassing failure after the weapon failed and blew up almost immediately.
The missile which is supposed 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 during the country’s parade and celebration of the country’s creation 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.
North Korea launched this missile for the first time earlier this month, firing it from a land base near Sinpo, home to a known North Korean submarine base. The missile did not appear to go very far, but still, analysts described the development as “scary” because of the solid-fuel component.
The information of the failed missile launch didn’t come from North Korean Govt, it came from the South Korean defence ministry which released a statement.
The statement read:
‘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.’
North Korea has launched 5 missile launches that are mobile ICBMs that can reach as far as the United States and yesterday’s failed launch would have been the 6th one.