The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said that the military believes Kim Jong-un's regime unsuccessfully tried to fire a mid-range Musudan missile but the darn thing didn't go very far before it exploded in a fiery ball.
The launch was made in the North Pyongan province near an airport. South Korea strongly condemns the launch just like we do, and we said so. It violates the U.N. Security Council resolutions than bans all ballistic activities by North Korea.
The U.S. reported the launch screwup at 11:33 p.m. EDT on Friday (12:03 p.m. Saturday local time) and said the missile didn't pose a threat to North America, but it really pissed us off. As usual, we condemned it in the strongest possible terms, which scared the bejeezus out of Kim and his crew.
"We strongly condemn this and North Korea's other recent missile tests, which violate U.N. Security Council Resolutions explicitly prohibiting North Korea's launches using ballistic missile technology," Commander Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman said. He added that the U.S. would bring this up at the U.N. and yadda yadda yadda.
Then Ross added: "Our commitment to the defense of our allies, including the Republic of Korea and Japan, in the face of these threats, is ironclad. We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies from any attack or provocation."
And we will continue to complain and sometimes threaten in hopes that you will one day take us seriously again and be nice.
North Korea claims it has made technical gains in developing a long-range nuclear missile capable of reaching the U.S. and blowing us up. South Korea defense officials say the North is just kidding and they don't yet have the technical know how.
We will wait and see, I suppose.