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JH Ahn was an NK News contributor based in Seoul. He previously worked as an interpreter for United States Forces Korea.
North Korea attempted a ballistic missile launch from South Pyongan Province on Saturday morning at 5.30 AM (KST), but the test failed, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (ROK JCS).
The ballistic missile reportedly exploded in midair but was headed northeast prior to the failure. It was launched from a Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL).
According to the U.S. Pacific Command’s (PACOM) release, “the missile did not leave North Korean territory.”
The test happened on U.S. President Trump’s 100th day in the Oval Office, and a day after he warned that “a major, major conflict with North Korea” is “absolutely” possible.
This is the first time a launch has taken place near Pukchang, where the Pukchang Airbase is located.
About two weeks ago, on April 16, North Korea launched a missile following their Day of the Sun military parade, but it “blew up almost immediately,” the PACOM said at the time.
Featured Image: KCNA, Hwasong-10