North Korea test fires ballistic missile – South Korean military

North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday in local time, Korean news service Yonhap reported citing South Korea’s military.

Yonhap reported that the test appears to have failed.

The incident comes as the United States reconsiders its strategy in dealing with the isolated nation.

On Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the United Nations to take new sanctions against North Korea.

House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy said on Thursday that the chamber would hold a vote on sanctions next week, which he said would target North Korea’s shipping industry and “those who employ North Korean slave labor abroad.”

BBC reports the missile was fired from a site in South Pyeongan province north of Pyongyang in the early hours of Saturday morning local time, South Korea’s military chiefs of staff said.

They said the type of missile was not yet known.

There has been no word from North Korea.

The reported launch occurred a matter of hours after the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on the rest of the world to help force North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions.

Tensions in the region have increased lately, with both North and South Korea conducting military exercises.

Less than a week ago, a North Korean missile test failed. The US military reported that the missile exploded within seconds of being launched.

A few days later, on Wednesday, the US installed anti-missile equipment at a site in South Korea. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defence System (Thaad) is designed to shoot down short- and medium-range ballistic missiles as they are approaching their target.