U.S. officials have reported that North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday, but the missile exploded soon after launch.
Tensions in the region have increased lately, with both North and South Korea conducting military exercises.
Reports indicate that the failed test involved a short-range, non-nuclear missile, which would be able to hit Seoul, but not Japan. One official reported that the U.S. had warned of the test and watched it closely.
The South Korean military confirmed that the test occurred around 5:30 a.m. local time. The official said the missile traveled northeast towards the East Sea.
The official reported that the South Korean military is closely monitoring North Korea's further military provocation and are totally ready to meet any and all kinds of provocation.
The news was first reported by the Korean news service Yonhap. The missile test comes as the United States reconsiders its strategy in dealing with the isolated nation.
In the beginning of April, North Korea conducted a missile test shortly after it held a military parade celebrating leader Kim Jong-un's grandfather, Kim Il-sung. However, the U.S. Pacific Command reported that the missile failed to test launch, adding that it blew up almost immediately.
President Trump made a statement in an interview with Reuters published late Thursday, Mr. Trump emphasized that there’s the possibility of a major conflict with North Korea, he, however, pointed out that he would prefer a diplomatic solution.
President Trump also told Reuters that he wants South Korea to pay for the $1 billion missile defense system. The system, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), is designed to protect South Korea and Japan from missile attack, and it could be operational as soon as summer 2017.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the United Nations on Friday to take new sanctions against North Korea. A day earlier, Tillerson said North Korea's closest major ally, China, has pledged to impose unilateral sanctions should Pyongyang carry out another nuclear test.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who is the House Majority Leader said on Thursday that the chamber would hold a vote on sanctions next week, which he said would target North Korea's shipping industry and those who employ North Korean slave labor abroad.