The explosion is believed to have occurred at an altitude of 20 kilometers (12.5 miles), a South Korean military official said.
South Korea said the projectile was fired from the Sunan area, near the capital Pyongyang.
Intelligence agencies in South Korea and the United States are continuing to analyze the details of Wednesday’s failed launch, according to a statement sent to reporters by South Korean officials.
In a statement last week, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby strongly condemned the recent spate of North Korean launches, calling them “blatant violations of numerous UN Security Council resolutions.”
On Tuesday, the US military conducted exercises in and around the Korean Peninsula to demonstrate its readiness in the wake of North Korean activity, including mock missile defense systems.
The U.S. Army’s 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade moved to a remote location, “assuming its wartime defensive position, deploying a Patriot missile system, and performing air and missile defense operations under a simulated combat scenario,” according to a press release from the U.S. Forces in Korea. .
And at sea, F-35 and F/A-18 fighters taking off from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, along with US Air Force assets based in the region, staged a show of force in the Yellow Sea off the west coast of South Korea. This is stated in a statement by the 7th Fleet of the US Navy in Japan.
The statement also said the US has stepped up intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance activities in the Yellow Sea.
“We have made clear our growing concerns about the significant increase in DPRK (North Korea) missile testing and will continue to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of the United States and our allies,” a 7th Fleet spokesman said in a statement. Nicholas Lingo said.