North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday in local time, but the missile exploded soon after launch, U.S. officials told NBC News.
The officials said that the failed test involved a short-range, non-nuclear missile, which would be able to hit Seoul, but not Japan.
One official told NBC that the U.S. had warning of the test and watched it closely.
A South Korean military official confirmed to NBC that the test occurred around 5:30 a.m. local time. The official said the missile traveled northeast towards the East Sea.
“Currently, we are closely monitoring North Korea’s further military provocation and are totally ready to meet any and all kinds of provocation,” the official told NBC.
Korean news service Yonhap first reported the news.
Saturday’s missile test comes as the United States reconsiders its strategy in dealing with the isolated nation.
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