SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s test launch of a mid-range missile failed early Tuesday, South Korean defense officials said.
The intermediate-range Musudan missile exploded at a mobile launch pad as soon as the button was pressed, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported without citing a source.
South Korea’s defense ministry confirmed it was aware of the failed launch and that more details would be released later.
“We presume that North Korea attempted and failed at launching a mid-range ballistic missile at 5:20 a.m. Seoul time [4.20 p.m. Monday ET],” a military official at the South Korea Ministry of National Defense told NBC News. “We are analyzing further details at this moment and we are totally ready with military preparedness for any provocation.”
Tuesday’s could be the latest in a string of failures that undermine North Korea’s stated ambition of being able to target U.S. facilities in Asia and the Pacific.