North Korea's attempted missile launch reportedly fails

A missile launch by North Korean military failed Saturday, according to news reports on the peninsula.

North Korea attempted a missile launch but failed, according to the South Korean Yonhap News Agency.

A U.S. official said reports are still early but that indications are that the news agency report is accurate. There was no information available yet on the type of missile or the circumstances of the failure, the official said.

The launch attempt comes hours after North Korea rolled out intercontinental ballistic missiles and other military hardware at a massive parade to celebrate the birthday of the country's late founder Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of current leader Kim Jong Un.

State television showed leader Kim Jong Un addressing the thousands of soldiers and civilians taking part in the parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, the capital.

The festivities took place amid concerns that North Korea is possibly preparing for its sixth nuclear test or a significant rocket launch, such as its first flight test of an ICBM.

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