North Korea launched a missile Wednesday morning that U.S. military commanders said exploded within seconds after it left the ground.
"U.S. Pacific Command detected what we assess was a failed North Korean missile launch attempt the morning of March 22 in Korea (12:49 PM Hawaii-time), in the vicinity of Kalma," said Commander Dave Benham in a statement.
"A missile appears to have exploded within seconds of launch," he said. "We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment. We continue to monitor North Koreans actions closely."
According to the Associated Press, the launch was a response to the annual South Korean-American joint military training operations that North Korea believes is practice for an invasion.
The reclusive and hostile dictatorship launched four missiles earlier this month that landed in the Pacific Ocean off Japan.
The American military also sent a B-1B bomber and South Korean fighter jet over South Korea Wednesday as a show of force against the North Koreans.