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North Korean missile explodes on test launch

North Korean missile explodes on test launch

A North Korean missile has exploded on its test launch.

According to the US Pacific Command the test happened just hours before US vice president Mike Pence was due in South Korea for talks on the North’s increasingly defiant arms programme.

The failed launch from North Korea’s east coast, ignoring admonitions from major ally China, came a day after North Korea held a military parade in its capital.

The parade marked the birth anniversary of the state founder and there appeared to be new long-range ballistic missiles on display.

South Korea said the combined show of force “threatened the whole world”.

Pence is due in Seoul at the start of a 10-day trip to Asia in what his aides said was a sign of the US commitment to its ally in the face of rising tension.