- US and South Korean officials said North failed its much-vaunted missile test
- US security adviser said they are mulling options after failed test
- Experts claimed missiles paraded by North Korea also fake
Both the US and South Korean governments have reported a failure in North Korea’s highly-touted missile test held on the 105th birth anniversary of the communist state’s founding father Kim Il-Sung.
“US Command detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean missile launch at 11:21 am Hwaii local time April 15,” news.au.com quoted the US Pacific Command as saying. “The launch of the ballistic missile occurred near Sinpo.The missile blew up almost immediately. The type of missile is still being assessed.”
South Korea’s defense ministry also corroborated the US report.
“North Korea attempted to test an unidentified type of missile from Sinpo area in the South Hamkyong Province this morning, but we suspect the launch has failed,” the ministry said.
US national security adviser H.R. McMaster said they are now considering what actions to take in the aftermath.
“We are working together with our allies and partners and with the Chinese leadership to develop a range of options,” he said. “There is an international consensus now, including the Chinese leadership, that this is a situation that just cannot continue.”
Meanwhile, some experts doubted the authenticity of the missiles put on display during the North’s massive military parade.
NK News managing director Chad O’Carroll said some of the missiles — especially the final set that were paraded — were wobbling quite noticeably.
Another, Korea Defense Network senior analyst Lee Il-Woo, suspected some of the missiles were mock-ups.
“I suspect they all might be mock-ups aimed to impress the outside world,” he said.
Also, footage from BBC showed one of the missile cones being noticeably out of alignment; further fueling speculations about their genuineness.