North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile from a region north of the capital Pyongyang, Yonhap news agency reported, citing South Korea’s military.
The South Korean military said the test appeared to have failed, blowing up a few seconds into flight.
US Pacific Command said that the missile did not leave North Korean territory and did not pose a threat to North America. US officials say that it was probably a medium-range missile, which appears to have broken up within minutes of the launch.
It comes just hours after the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on the UN to help force North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions, and after President Donald Trump said a ‘major conflict’ with Pyongyang over its missile programmes was possible.