UPDATE 11:40AM | The US Pacific Command has confirmed a North Korean missile, launched from the east coast, “blew up almost immediately.
“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.
North Korea had warned of a nuclear strike against the US if provoked.
US Vice-President Mike Pence is en route to South Korea for talks over the North’s arms program. He will start his ten day tour of Asia in Seoul.
EARLIER 9:14AM | There are reports just in that North Korea has launched a failed missile test.
South Korea’s military says the failed attempt was launched from Sinpo, on its east coast.
The action comes a day after the North flexed its muscle during a military parade celebrating the regime’s founding father.
Organisers laid out what looked like new long-range and sub-based missiles.
Right now a nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier group is steaming towards the region.