March 22, 2017 / 3:37 AM / 6 months ago

U.S. military detects failed North Korean missile launch attempt

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects a sub-unit under KPA Unit 1344 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang November 9, 2016. REUTERS/KCNA/Files

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military detected a failed North Korean missile launch attempt, with a missile exploding within seconds of it’s launch, a military spokesman said on Tuesday.

“U.S. Pacific Command detected what we assess was a failed North Korean missile launch attempt... in the vicinity of Kalma,” Commander Dave Benham, a spokesman for U.S. Pacific Command, said in a statement.

“ A missile appears to have exploded within seconds of launch,” Benham said, adding that work was being carried out on a more detailed assessment.

Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore

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