North Korea Missile Test Fails, US and South Say, as Tensions Simmer

This test was a clear violation of United Nations ban set for rocket trials conducted by North Korea.

The missile was launched from a site near an airfield in the eastern North Korean city of Wonsan, which faces the Sea of Japan, according to the officials.

"A missile appears to have exploded within seconds of launch", Benham said, adding that work was being carried out on a more detailed assessment. Despite the failure, the test indicates North Korea is stubbornly inching its missile program forward, raising tensions with the United States and its Asian allies.

Just last week US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Japan, South Korea and China and how to handle North Korea was a major issue in his talks.

The Trump administration is considering sweeping sanctions as part of a broad review of measures to counter North Korea's nuclear and missile threat, a senior U.S. official in Washington told Reuters on Monday.

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On Sunday, North Korea announced it successfully tested a new high-thrust engine that could help the country successfully develop intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). From not specified military range armed forces of North Korea launched probably prototype of ICBM missile.

"This is a direct challenge to the global community and a grave violation", acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn said after the March 6 launch.

Allies South Korea and the USA are now engaged in an annual joint military training on the Korean peninsula, which every year sparks increased aggressiveness by the North, which sees the drills as a precursor to an invasion.

North Korea may have launched several missiles on Wednesday morning, Kyodo News reported, citing a Japanese government source. The move sparked protest from Beijing, showcasing the complicated security landscape the Trump administration must navigate in Asia.

The Seoul defense ministry did not identify the type of missile used by North Korea. Neither missile has ever been tested.

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