North Korea on Wednesday morning (local time) tried but apparently failed in its latest test of a powerful, new medium-range rocket capable of striking American bases in Guam, South Korea's Defense Ministry said, according to AFP.
A ministry official said the North fired an unidentified missile off its east coast shortly before 6:00 a.m. Wednesday morning local time.
"The launch appears to have failed," the official said, without elaborating.
The test is the latest in a series of North Korean attempts to launch its mid-range Musudan ballistic missile.
The North has already made four previous failed attempts this year to test fly the Musudan, which has an estimated range of anywhere between 2,500 and 4,000 kilometers (1,550 to 2,500 miles). The last such attempt came at the end of May.
The lower range covers the whole of South Korea and Japan, while the upper range would include military bases on Guam.
North Korea has continued to test fire missiles despite UN measures which ban it from any use of ballistic missile technology.
North Korea's ruling party congress recently formally adopted leader Kim Jong-Un's policy of developing the country's nuclear arsenal in tandem with the economy.
In a speech before the congress, Kim adopted a soft tone on his country’s nuclear program, saying the country would only use nuclear weapons if attacked by a nuclear power, adding he wanted improved relations with previously "hostile" nations.