BREAKING NEWS: North Korea ‘attempts to launch missile but fails’ just hours after flaunting military might amid escalating global tension
- North Korea is thought to have attempted to fire a missile amid rising tensions
- But the launch failed according to local media in what could prove to be embarrassing for the country
- Comes hours after North Korea unveiled ‘game-changer’ ballistic missiles during a display of the country’s military might
In the last few minutes North Korea has attempted to fire two missiles but, both times, the launch has a failure, according to local media.
The South Korean military said it had detected two failed launches but there were no other details immediately available.
It comes as tensions rise over the country’s growing nuclear strength.
Earlier North Korea unveiled ‘game-changer’ ballistic missiles during a display of the country’s military might as Kim Jong-Un warned of an ‘annihilating strike’ if the US attacks.
The intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), which Pyongyang claim could travel thousands of miles, increased concerns that the secretive state is preparing for a possible attack on Washington after they were paraded during the country’s Day of the Sun celebrations.
A gleeful Kim, wearing a Western-style suit at Kim Il-sung Square, saluted formations of soldiers who yelled out ‘long live’ to celebrate the 105th anniversary of his grandfather’s birth.
The two new kinds of ICBM were enclosed in canister launchers mounted on the back of transporter erector launcher trucks as they were paraded in front of crowds during today’s festivities.
Submarine-launched ballistic missiles were also among the military hardware on show for the first time.
It indicates an improving technological capability that could help it evade anti-missile systems.
Kim has accused President Donald Trump of provoking his nation towards armed conflict with a series of increasingly aggressive moves, including sending the USS Carl Vinson to the Korean peninsula.
One of Kim’s top officials, Choe Ryong Hae, today vowed North Korea would ‘beat down enemies with the power of nuclear justice’.
He told the packed-out square: ‘If the United States wages reckless provocation against us, our revolutionary power will instantly counter with annihilating strike, and we will respond to full-out war with full-out war and to nuclear war with our style of nuclear strike warfare.’
In his annual New Year’s address, Kim said North Korea’s preparations for an ICBM launch had ‘reached the final stage’.
Recent satellite imagery suggests the country could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.