S. Korean military says N. Korea’s attempted test-launch of missile fails

SEOUL -- North Korea attempted early Sunday to test-fire an unidentified missile on its east coast, which was believed to have failed, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

The JCS confirmed the botched missile launch, saying it is still analyzing what type of missile was launched.

On April 5, North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile at a nearby region on the east coast, but it fell in eastern waters after abnormally flying about 60 km.

At the time, the South Korean military identified it as Pukguksong-2, an intermediate-range ballistic missile known to be newly developed based on a technology of submarine-launched ballistic missile.

The failed show of force by Pyongyang came amid mounting tensions on the Korean Peninsula, which was caused by the USS Carl Vinson and its accompanying warships that have re-routed and headed to the peninsula about a week earlier.

North Korea held a massive military parade on Saturday to mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founder Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of current top leader Kim Jong Un.

During the parade, North Korea showed off what were believed to be three types of intercontinental ballistic missile.

Source: Philippines News Agency