North Korea continues to struggle with getting missiles off the ground. North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Friday, April the 28th (Saturday local time), but the missile exploded just after launch. The test involved a short-range, non-nuclear missile, which would be able to hit Seoul South Korea, but not Japan or the United States. The US was aware of the missile test ahead of time, and was watching the test closely.
A South Korean military official confirmed the test occurred around 5:30 a.m. local time. The official said the missile traveled northeast towards the East Sea.
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“Currently, we are closely monitoring North Korea’s further military provocation and are totally ready to meet any and all kinds of provocation.” – Military Official
U.S. Pacific Command said the missile did not leave North Korean territory. The North American Aerospace Defense Command determined the launch did not pose a threat to North America. The White House said that the administration is aware of the test and that President Donald Trump has been briefed.
Source: NBC News