The South Korean defence ministry said it had detected a failed launch from Sinpo - where North Korea's biggest submarine base is located.
According to a military official the weapon is 'presumed to be a new ICBM' as it is longer than the existing KN-08 or KN-14 missiles.
North Korea launched this missile for the first time earlier this month, firing it from a land base near Sinpo, home to a known North Korean submarine base. The missile did not appear to go very far, but still, analysts described the development as “scary” because of the solid-fuel component.
The statement read:
'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.'North Korea has launched 5 missile launches that are mobile ICBMs that can reach as far as the United States and yesterday's failed launch would have been the 6th one.
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