North Korea missile test launch fails
May 31, Seoul: North Korea has attempted to fire a ballistic missile from its east coast but the launch appears to have failed, South Korean officials said.
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the North tried to launch an unidentified missile early in the morning from the town of Wonsan on Tuesday, but that it likely failed, reports said.
It is unclear what type of missile it was, but it follows three failed tests of the medium-range "Musudan" missile in April.
The North is banned by the UN from using any ballistic missile technology.
Tensions have run high in the region after Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test in January and numerous missile tests, BBC reproted.
Also on Tuesday, the newly promoted vice-chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers Party, Ri Su-yong, arrived in China for what South Korean media said was an unannounced official visit.
The Oslo Times