29/04/2017 7:40 AM AEST | Updated 29/04/2017 8:32 AM AEST

North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile Test

The hermit kingdom has carried out another missile test.

Damir Sagolj / Reuters
A North Korean navy truck carries a ballistic missile during a military parade in April.

North Korea has test-fired a ballistic missile that has reportedly blown up over land.

The latest missile test occurred from a site in South Pyeongan province early Saturday morning local time, South Korea's military chiefs of staff said, according to the BBC.

CNN reports that a US official confirmed the test, saying that the missile was probably a medium-range ballistic missile called a KN-17.

The missile failed to reach the Sea of Japan, the official told CNN.

Earlier reports suggested that the missile travelled for about 30 to 40 kilometers before crashing into the water off the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea has not yet made comment on the launch.

The event occurred soon after after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged world leaders to help force North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions.

More to come.


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