North Korean missile launch ends in failure
South Korea and the US have said the latest missile launch by North Korea ended in a failure after the projectile reportedly exploded soon after lift-off.
The South Korean joint chiefs of staff said the military believes the North unsuccessfully attempted to fire a mid-range Musudan missile.
The failed launch was said to have taken place near an airport in the North's North Pyongan province.
South Korea strongly condemns the launch because it violates UN Security Council resolutions which ban any ballistic activities by North Korea.
The US military said the missile did not pose a threat to North America.
Pentagon spokesman Cmdr Gary Ross said: "We strongly condemn this and North Korea's other recent missile tests, which violate UN Security Council
Resolutions explicitly prohibiting North Korea's launches using ballistic missile technology."
Cmdr Ross added: "Our commitment to the defence of our allies, including the Republic of Korea and Japan, in the face of these threats, is ironclad.
"We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies from any attack or provocation."