South Korea and the United States said Sunday that the latest missile launch by North Korea ended in a failure after the projectile reportedly exploded soon after liftoff. The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the military believes the North unsuccessfully attempted to fire a mid-range Musudan missile. It said the failed launch was made near an airport in the North's North Pyongan province. South Korea's Yonhap news agency said that the missile was believed to have exploded soon after liftoff and strongly condemns the launch because it violates U.N. Security Council resolutions that bans any ballistic activities by North Korea.
This provocation only serves to increase the international community's resolve to counter [North Korea's] prohibited activities.Pentagon spokesman Gary Ross
The test-firing was the latest in a series conducted by North Korea in violation of United Nations resolutions, drawing a fresh U.S. vow to take its concerns to the world body and seek to hold North Korea "accountable for these actions." South Korea and the U.S. have agreed to deploy the anti-missile system to counter the North's threat. China, the North's main diplomatic ally, has opposed the move saying it would destabilize regional security balance, but Washington has said the system was not aimed at China.