An attempted missile launch by North Korea failed when it exploded immediately after liftoff, a U.S. official says.
An official said a missile was launched near Sinpo, North Korea, at 5:21 p.m. ET, and it exploded immediately.
The type of missile is still being assessed, and only one missile was fired, according to U.S. officials. It was unclear whether it was fired from land or from sea.
"U.S. Pacific Command detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean missile launch at 11:21 a.m. Hawaii time April 15. The launch of the ballistic missile occurred near Sinpo," U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Commander David Benham said.
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US Pacific Command issued the following statement regarding the attempted missile launch:
UPDATE 9:20 PM EDT --
South Korea has begun "Defensive Moves" in response to the North Korean failed missile launch.
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