According to South Korea, North Korea launched a missile that seemed to have failed immediately after being shot.
The missile was further reported to have been launched from the capital Pyongyang.
An airfield serving as the base for many missile launches in the past, including missile tests that have made North Korea incur sanctions from the US, is located in Pyongyang.
An official statement released by South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff reported:
“North Korea fired an unknown projectile from the Sunan area around 09:30 today, but it is presumed that it failed immediately after launch”.
There were further reports of witnesses noting an explosive noise that could be compared to that of a prominent aircraft and then a crash.
Not long after, there had been a picture displaying a sphere of smoke above the capital city of the country.
This additional report was specifically released by a North Korea specialist news site.
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According to BBC News, Senior official, Ankit Panda, representing the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace stated that the picture seemed to convey a failed launch.
He also observed that the sphere of smoke had a reddish tint typical of liquid fuel that is quite dangerous to humans.
The Asian country has implemented about 9 missile tests since the beginning of the year.
One of these tests includes a particular weapon test known as the ICBM which the United States has frowned gravely upon.
Within a range of 5,500km, an ICBM missile could reach the territory of the US off it happened to be targeted.
The UN has imposed sanctions on North Korea for the testing of such nuclear weapons.
North Korea however stands on the ground that the tests were centred on advancing an exploring satellite.
Source: BBC News