TOKYO – An apparent attempt by North Korea to fire a medium-range ballistic missile Friday has failed, according to a defense official and South Korean leaders.

The attempted launch was the latest in a string of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests that have raised tensions on the Korean Peninsula and led to a tightening of international sanctions in recent months.

North Korea attempted to launch a missile at 4:33 p.m. EDT, according to a defense official who spoke on condition of anonymity. The missile was detected and tracked by the U.S. Strategic Command systems and was assessed to be a failure, the official told USA TODAY.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said that North Korea fired a mobile Musudan, or BM-25, missile early Friday, but that the launch failed… see more

source: usatoday