North Korea made an unsuccessful attempt to launch a missile the day after displaying a massive show of strength, South Korean and US military sources have said. Details of the attempted launch are scant, but it will be seen as a gesture of defiance by Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader. U.S. Pacific Command detected and tracked what it assessed to be a North Korean ballistic missile launch at 11:21 a.m.

Hawaii time (2121 GMT) on Saturday, said U.S. Navy Commander Dave Benham, a spokesman for Pacific Command. “The missile blew up almost immediately. The type of missile is still being assessed,” he said. It was launched from a base at Sinpo, a port city on the North Korean east coast. President Donald Trump has been briefed on the latest developments, a White House official said. READ MORE