US and South Korean military officials have reportedly confirmed the failure of a recent missile launch attempt by North Korea.
During the trial, North Korea is said to have test fired a medium-range Musudan ballistic missile from Wonsan city.
Yonhap news agency cited an unidentified government source as saying that the missile, which had the potential to reach US military bases in Asia and the Pacific, exploded immediately after the launch button was pressed.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) found that the launch did not pose a threat to North America, according to US Strategic Command.
US Department of Defense spokesperson commander Gary Ross was quoted by the media sources as saying: "We strongly condemn North Korea's missile test in violation of UN Security Council Resolutions, which explicitly prohibit North Korea's use of ballistic missile technology.
"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 unsuccessful launch is the latest in a series of failed missile launches by Pyongyang, The Wall Street Journal reported.