North Korea just tried to launch a missile, but failed

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The North launched a ballistic missile from the same region earlier this month ahead of a summit meeting between the leaders of the United States and China, its key ally, to discuss the North's increasingly defiant arms programme.

The UN Security Council has imposed six sets of sanctions against the North since its first nuclear test in 2006 - all of which have failed to halt its drive for what it insists are defensive weapons.

One unnamed U.S. official said it was unlikely to have been an intercontinental missile, but investigations were continuing.

The "president has no further comment on the launch", Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters Saturday evening.

Other military hardware at the parade included tanks, multiple rocket launchers and artillery, as well as a solid-fuel missile created to be fired from submarines.

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The US said a ballistic missile exploded within seconds of the launch.

North Korea's leadership has warned the USA it is "ready to hit back with nuclear attacks" if provoked.

Vice President Pence was briefed on the launch before flying out of Anchorage, Alaska. Specifically, in fact, it reportedly "exploded immediately" after lifting off, putting an instant halt to the test, which was nearly surely intended as a show of force and intimidation. That means the much-anticipated April 15 North Korean holiday has ended without any event that would trigger a possible US attack, and therefore, possible World War III. "North Korea is a problem". North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests since 2006.

North Korea conducted two nuclear tests a year ago alone, advancing its goal to make nuclear weapons small enough to fit on long-range missiles.

Two weeks ago, North Korea launched a projectile into the East Sea that flew 60 km, which according to PACOM was the "a KN-15 medium range ballistic missile".

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Earlier this week, as tensions worsened between Washington and Pyongyang, Trump ordered a US naval strike group headed by the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier to the Korean Peninsula in show of force.

Trump tweeted on Thursday that he intends to pressure China into handling the North, without discounting the possibility of USA military intervention following last week's massive airstrike against Syria.

North Korea paraded new missiles during a military celebration in honor of the 105th birthday of its founder, Kim Il Sung.

The attempted launch came one day after North Korea showed off new missiles at a two-hour military parade on the 105th birthday of the country's founder, Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of North Korea's present leader.

Military conflict in the region would put at risk 20 million South Koreans living nearby in the capital of Seoul, along with almost 30,000 US troops stationed in South Korea. It has warned of a nuclear attack on the United States in retaliation for any sign of aggression, a threat that has been made numerous times in the past.

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