North Korean missile explodes during launch

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A North Korean missile exploded during launch on Sunday, U.S. and South Korean officials said, a high-profile failure that comes as a powerful U.S. aircraft supercarrier approaches the Korean Peninsula in a show of force.

“The North attempted to launch an unidentified missile from the Sinpo region this morning but it is suspected to have failed,” South’s Korea’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Reuters in a statement.

The launch comes as tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have escalated and a day after the country celebrated the 105th birthday of Kim Il-Sung, who founded the country. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was set to visit South Korea hours after the failed launch to discuss North Korea’s arms program.

File photo. Korean missiles