North Korea missile test ends in humiliating failure

The missile reportedly blew up almost immediately

North Korea's latest missile test was reportedly a huge failure

Sunday, April 16, 2017

North Korea's latest missile test ended in farce on Sunday morning as observers said the missile blew up almost immediately.

United States Pacific Command said in a statement that the type of missile used is still being assessed, but claimed the launch had been a failure. This was corroborated by South Korean military officials.

The test took place in the eastern port city of Sinpo, in defiance of a desist warning from US President Donald Trump.

Just yesterday (April 15) North Korea warned that it is prepared and equipped to conduct a pre-emptive strike on the US if tensions between Pyongyang and Washington continue to escalate.

Choe Ryong-hae, an aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was quoted by The Telegraph as saying: "If the United States wages reckless provocation against us, our revolutionary power will instantly counter with annihilating strike, and we will respond to all-out war with all-out war and to nuclear war with our style of nuclear strike warfare."

Choe sounded the warning during North Korea's Day of the Sun, a day of homage to the regime which was marked by a huge parade of men and materiel through the country's capital Pyongyang. 

Mr Trump's vice-president, Mike Pence, has travelled to South Korean capital Seoul to discuss ways to counter North Korean aggression and nullify the threat of a nuclear or missile attack from the pariah state.