On the heels of a recent threat against the United States North Korea reportedly has fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile, the South Korean military has announced, according to the local Yonhap news agency. The South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff says the missile test “was unsuccessful” and failed in its initial stage.

The missile was fired from waters southeast of the coastal port city of Sinpo, South Hamgyong Province, at about 11:30 am Seoul time (0230 GMT), Yonhap reported citing South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). “The SLBM was ejected from the submarine normally, but is estimated the initial flight was unsuccessful,” the JCS said in a brief press release. “Our military strongly denounces such provocative acts by North Korea.” FULL REPORT