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BREAKING: North Korea attempts missile launch. Reportedly a failure

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 15, 2012 shows a military vehicle carrying what is believed to be a Taepodong-class missile Intermediary Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM), about 20 meters long, during a military parade to mark the 100 birth of the country's founder Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang. North Korea said on January 24, 2013 it planned to carry out a nuclear test and more rocket launches aimed at its "arch-enemy" the United States in response to tightened UN sanctions, but offered no timeframe. AFP PHOTO / FILES / PEDRO UGARTE

South Korea’s Joint Chief of Staff reports that North Korea has attempted to test a missile but the launch has ended in failure.

A South Korean military official has told Yonhap,

“It’s presumed to be a new ICBM. It seems longer than the existing KN-08 or KN-14 ICBMs”.

The statement continued,

“The communist state attempted to launch an unidentified missile from the port city of Sinpo on its east coast in the morning, and the launch is presumed to have failed”.

US Pacific Command spokesman Commander David Benham has commented on the launch saying,

“The missile blew up almost immediately. The type of missile is still being assessed”.

US sources believe that the missile was not an ICBM but instead a shorter range ground to air projectile.

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