People watch a TV showing file footage of a North Korea's ballistic missile, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 16, 2017. A North Korean missile exploded during launch Sunday from the country's east coast, U.S. and South Korean officials said, a high-profile failure that comes as a powerful U.S. aircraft carrier approaches the Korean Peninsula in a show of force. The letters on the top read 'North Korea's attempted missile launch failed.' (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
According to ABC News, a Defense Department official said a ballistic missile launch “blew up almost immediately.”
“U.S. Pacific Command detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean missile launch at 11:21 a.m. Hawaii time April 15. The launch of the ballistic missile occurred near Sinpo,” U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Cmdr. David Benham said.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that President Donald Trump has been briefed on the failed launch and has no comment at this time.
“The president and his military team are aware of North Korea’s most recent unsuccessful missile launch. The president has no further comment,” he said.
The kind of missile that was launched is still being determined, though earlier in the day it was speculated that North Korea had developed and was showing off its version of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).