U.S. Military Confirms, Condemns Failed N. Korean Missile Launch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -
A man watches a news program reporting about a missile launch of North Korea, at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. A North Korean missile launch likely failed on Tuesday, according to South Korea's military, the latest in a string of high-profile failures that tempers somewhat recent worries that Pyongyang was pushing quickly toward its goal of a nuclear-tipped missile that can reach America's mainland. The letters read on top left, "Fail, North Korea's Musudan missile." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
A man watches a news report about a missile launch of North Korea, at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday. The letters read on top left, “Fail, North Korea’s Musudan missile.” (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The U.S. military said on Tuesday it detected what appeared to be a failed North Korean attempt to launch an intermediate-range ballistic missile, and it strongly condemned the test, calling it a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

U.S. Strategic Command said it detected the attempted ballistic missile launch from the eastern port of Wosan at 3:30 p.m. local time on Monday. The North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD, determined the launch did not threaten North America, a Strategic Command spokesman said.

“We strongly condemn North Korea’s missile test in violation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions, which explicitly prohibit North Korea’s use of ballistic missile technology,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

“These actions and North Korea’s continued pursuit of ballistic missile and nuclear weapons capabilities, pose a significant threat to the United States, our allies and to the stability of the greater Asia-Pacific,” the statement said.