According to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, North Korea attempted to launch a missile on America’s Memorial Day, although it seems it seems to have failed.
There’s no question that this was meant to be a political statement towards American due to them launching on Memorial Day. But naturally the missile launch was not successful by all account.
North Korea attempted to launch an unidentified missile from the city of Wonsan at 5:20 a.m, Tuesday local time, but it was presumably unsuccessful, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
“We are tracking any missile-related signs and maintain a high state of readiness,” South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said. The military had been studying the launch and decided to increase surveillance after signs indicated that North Korea was preparing for another ballistic missile launch.
Japan also prepared its military for a potential ballistic missile launch on Monday. State broadcaster, NHK reported that the military was put on high alert and naval destroyers and Patriot anti-ballistic missile batteries were told to prepare to shoot down any projectile that is headed towards the country.
According to a U.S. defense official, it was reported that the missile may likely have been an intermediate-range Musudan missile, which would make this North Korea’s fourth failed attempt at launching this missile. The official said that the missile flew for only two to three seconds before it exploded.