North Korean Test Missile Explodes on Launch

"USPACOM is fully committed to working closely with its allies in the Republic of Korea and in Japan to maintain security", Benham said.

The launch, near Shinpo on North Korea's east coast, comes a day after Pyongyang held a military parade to mark the anniversary of the birth of its founder, Kim Il Sung.

The U.S. military says North Korea launched a missile Sunday morning, bnut it blew up nearly immediately after launch. They plan to celebrate the Easter holiday with US troops in Korea.

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A man watches a TV showing file footage of a North Korea's ballistic missile at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Early assessments suggested the projectile was not an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the continental US, two USA military officials told NBC News.

But a White House foreign policy adviser travelling with Pence played down Sunday's test, saying the missile - probably a medium-range one - failed after about four to five seconds.

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No planned response is expected from the Trump administration because the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the administration's initial understanding of the launch, said there was no need for the U.S.to reinforce the failure.

It is not known what kind of weapon was tested on Sunday, although Pyongyang has repeatedly stated its aim of developing a rocket that could drop a nuclear payload on the United States mainland.

The reports came after Trump said that the North Korean nuclear issue would be taken care of, while calling on China to pressure its neighbor into giving up its nuclear program.

Trump has warned that the country is "looking for trouble" and ordered an aircraft carrier group to the region.

Pence plans to celebrate Easter with US and Korean troops on Sunday before talks on Monday with acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn.

Pence is the son of a Korean War veteran and displays his late father's Bronze Star in his office.

The failed missile came the day after Pyongyang publicly showcased its ballistic arsenal at a giant military parade.

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The South Korean and United States military said the latest launch - conducted as tensions rose over the North's nuclear ambitions - was a failure. Pence and President Donald Trump have been in contact, aides to the vice president said.

"The opportunity for me to be here today at such a time as this is a great ... a privilege for me. If they are unable to do so, the USA, with its allies, will!" he tweeted Thursday.

The U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement that Sunday's missile exploded on launch.

There has been no confirmation as yet of the launch attempt from North Korea, according to CNN.

They could also reduce the effectiveness of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD), which Washington and Seoul are deploying in the South to counter missile threats, to the fury of Beijing.

North Korea shows off missiles that may be able to reach U.S.

Sunday's failed missile test occurred near the naval base in Sinpo where North Korea is reportedly developing a sea-based nuclear deterrent.

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