16/04/2017 9:38 AM AEST | Updated 16/04/2017 10:01 AM AEST

North Korea Missile Launch Fails, South Korea Says

The missile "blew up" on launch.

Damir Sagolj / Reuters
North Korea is said to have failed in its attempt to launch a missile on its east coast.

North Korea has failed in its attempt to launch a missile on its east coast a day after military hardware was showcased in a massive parade in the nation's capital Pyongyang.

South Korea's military said on Saturday that North Korea attempted to launch the missile near Sinpo, on its east coast, but that the effort failed.

"The North attempted to launch an unidentified missile from near the Sinpo region this morning but it is suspected to have failed," the South's Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

Fox News reported that US authorities said the North Korean missile exploded soon after launch.

The attempted launch comes a day after North Korea showed off a range of military hardware in its capital Pyongyang.

The large-scale parade marked the birth anniversary of the state's founder and featured what appeared to be ballistic missiles.

The North launched a ballistic missile from the same area earlier in April ahead of a key meeting between the leaders of the US and China that covered North Korea's escalating arms programme.

North Korea has previously conducted five nuclear tests and several missile launches.


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