North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile in the early hours of Saturday morning, reports in South Korea said, amid rising military tensions with the US. The missile, launched from a region north of the capital, Pyongyang, appeared to have blown up a few seconds into flight, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said. US officials said the missile did not leave North Korean territory and was probably a medium-range missile known as a KN-17. It was the second failed test of a

ballistic missile this month and came amid a flurry of rhetoric from North Korea warning of “imminent” war against the US. “North Korea fired an unidentified missile from a site in the vicinity of Bukchang in Pyeongannam-do (South Pyeongan Province) early this morning,” Yonhap reported, quoting a statement issued by South Korea’s military. “It is estimated to have failed.” Donald Trump, the US president, said that North Korea “disrespected the wishes of China” with the missile test.  READ MORE