North Korean ‘ballistic missile’ fails immediately after it is launched


A projectile, suspected to be a ballistic missile, was attempted to be launched by North Korea but it failed immediately after it was fired, says South Korea’s military

North Korea has fired a

North Korea attempted to fire a “projectile” that could be a ballistic missile, it is reported. File image

A suspected North Korean ballistic missile appears to have failed immediately after its launch, reported South Korea’s military.

It comes as an NHK Japanese defence source said that an object had been fired this morning but it had not been officially confirmed.

The attempted launch of the missile would be the 10th this year and comes shortly after the South’s presidential election.

North Korea fired an “unknown projectile” on Wednesday which appeared to fail immediately after launch, South Korea’s military said.

The suspected missile was fired from an airfield outside the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, South Korea’s defence ministry said in a statement.

The projectile failed immediately after launch, said the South Korean military



The airfield has been the site of several recent launches, including two of what the United States and South Korea said were tests of a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system.

North Korea said those tests were for developing components of a reconnaissance satellite.

Reclusive North Korea has fired missiles at an unprecedented frequency this year, conducting its ninth weapons test on March 5, drawing condemnation from the United States, South Korea and Japan.

North Korea used what would be its largest ICBM system in two recent launches, and appears to be restoring some tunnels at its shuttered nuclear test site, US and South Korean officials said last week.

North Korea’s ballistic missile launches are banned by United Nations Security Council resolutions, which have imposed sanctions on the country over its weapons programmes.

The attempted firing of a suspected ballistic missile would be the 10th of the year


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New worrying satellite imagery also indicates production is underway at a nuclear centre in North Korea.

Activity at the Hermit Kingdom’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Centre suggests the production of fissile material, both plutonium and enriched uranium, may well be in full swing.

The images also suggest operations have been ramped up at the facilities in and around the centre.

The most recent imagery shows melted snow on certain roofs, as well as snow removal from roadways, implying activity.

But the specific scope of work being undertaken remains unknown.

Snaps show three large buildings are currently being constructed in the research and development area, one of which appears as if it could be in operation.

Activity at Yongbyon has been steadily increasing in recent years, particularly after the failed Hanoi Summit in February 2019.

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