Arab and international Since 2017-04-29 at 09:22 (Baghdad time)
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US President Donald Trump said on Friday that North Korea's latest missile test was proof of its "lack of respect" for its ally China.
"North Korea did not respect China's wishes and its highly respected president when, with an unsuccessful operation, he launched a missile today," Trump wrote on Twitter, hours after the failed test.
China is North Korea's main trading partner. Trump has repeatedly urged Beijing to try to rein in Pyongyang's military activities,
North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Saturday from an area north of Pyongyang, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported, but the test failed after the launch.
The missile test comes as tension mounts on the Korean Peninsula, while the United States pushed for tougher sanctions on Pyongyang to curb its nuclear threat.
"North Korea launched an unknown missile from a site near Pokchang in Pyonganam-do (South Pyeongan Province) early this morning," the Yonhap news agency quoted a statement from the North Korean army as saying.
"It is estimated that the experiment failed."
Yonhap pointed out that the missile "probably exploded seconds after launch," noting that Seoul analyzed the type and distance of the rocket flight.
In Washington, a Pentagon official confirmed the launch.
North Korea is seeking to develop a long-range missile capable of striking US soil with a nuclear warhead, and has so far conducted five nuclear tests, two of which last year.
The Security Council held a meeting on Friday, weeks after the administration warned it would no longer tolerate North Korea's launch of missiles and nuclear tests.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on the UN Security Council at an emergency session of the council to put unprecedented pressure on Pyongyang to adjust its course and halt its ballistic and nuclear programs.