The reclusive state on Saturday was celebrating the 105th anniversary of its founder Kim Il-sung and reports have emerged that North Korea attempted to launch a missile.
South Korean officials claim the failed launch may have a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which Kim Jong-un had pledged was close to its testing phase at the beginning of this year.
A South Korean official said: “It's presumed to be new ICBM… longer than existing KN-08 or KN-14 ICBMs.”
Kim Jong-un attempted a missile launch
The missile reportedly blew up immediately, but it is unclear what the US response will be after President Donald Trump previously vowed to take action against the communist state.
The US Pacific Command statement said: “The Command detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean missile launch.
“The launch of the ballistic missile occurred near Sinpo.
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Military officers visit the birthplace of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, a day before the 105th anniversary of his birth, in Mangyongdae, just outside Pyongyang
The missile blew up almost immediately. The type is still being assessed
The US Pacific Command
“The missile blew up almost immediately. The type is still being assessed.
“The US Pacific Command is fully committed to working closely with our allies in the Republic of Korea and in Japan to maintain security.”
US officials remain unclear about what type of missile was launched despite South Korean diplomats claiming it was an ICBM.
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The missile launch occurred early on Sunday morning in North Korea, which was around 10.20pm (BST).
President Trump later said that he has no comment on the matter and the UK Foreign Office has said it is "concerned by reports of a missile test by North Korea" and is "monitoring the situation closely".
The launch attempt comes hours after North Korea is believed to have rolled out ICBM during the military parade in honour of the state’s founding father.
It comes after the US nuclear warning system DefCon has been quickly upgraded to threat level four as a US aircraft carrier group is now steaming towards the region.
North Korea unveiled its submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) on Saturday
The US has also warned that a policy of "strategic patience" is over and the Trump administration as Vice President Mike Pence arrives in South Korea Sunday.
China now claims that World War 3 is inevitable and the region could go to war “at any moment”.
Pyongyang's vice foreign minister Han Song Ryol said US President Donald Trump had provoked North Korea and had built up a “vicious cycle” of tensions.