Saturday (5:30 a.m. ET), South Korean officials said, and appears to have flown about 30 km (about 19 miles) — well short of the 300 km (roughly 186 miles) that would be considered a successful test.
Meanwhile, Pyongyang said Saturday’s Sun marine – Launched ballistics missile test was a “great success”.
North Korean state news agency KCNA claimed the launch was successful, and said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “guided on the spot the underwater test-fire of strategic submarine ballistic missile.”
North Korea will hold a congress of its ruling Workers’ Party in early May for the first time in 36 years, at which its leader Kim Jong Un is expected to say the country is a strong military power and a nuclear state.
The missile flew for about 30 km (18 miles), a South Korean Defense Ministry official said by telephone, adding its military was trying to determine whether the launch may have been a failure for unspecified reasons.