North Korea said Friday that the USA had better not treat it like Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gaddafi, that is, like Iraq and Libya.
No planned response is expected from the Trump administration because the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the administration's initial understanding of the launch, said there was no need for the U.S.to reinforce the failure.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in South Korea at the start of a 10-day trip to Asia that comes amid turmoil along the Korean Peninsula over North Korea's threats to advance its growing nuclear and defense capabilities.
The country steadfastly sticks to its dual pursuit of nuclear weapons and economic growth, commonly known as "byongjin policy".
The display included submarine-launched ballistic missiles, believed to be the same type of missile North Korea fired from land in February.
A military clash on the Korean Peninsula would have disastrous consequences not only for North and South Korea but also for all neighboring countries.
Choe Ryong Hae, who some presume as the second-most powerful official in North Korea, said Saturday that the new US government under Donald Trump was "creating a war situation" in the Korean Peninsula by dispatching strategic military assets to the region. "The president has no further comment".
Donald Trump recently tweeted that "the problem of North Korea" would be "taken care of".
South Korea has a patchy record of tracking developments in North Korea, as information about the secretive, authoritarian state is often impossible to confirm. Under his watch, North Korea has aggressively pursued a goal of putting a nuclear warhead on an ICBM capable of reaching the USA mainland.
Other senior officials joining Kim at the podium included Kim Won Hong, who the South Korean government had said earlier this year was sacked from his job as state security minister, presumably over corruption.
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Tillerson's mission sees the Trump administration taking on the traditional USA role as spokesman for a unified Western position. He said working groups would be established to improve US-Russian ties and identify problems.
The North has since said it is ready for "war" with the United States, while speculation is mounting that it might conduct a nuclear or missile test to mark the 105th birthday anniversary of founder Kim Il-Sung on Saturday.
The show of strength comes amid mounting tension, with a USA aircraft carrier group steaming towards the region.
For outside military analysts, though, the highlight is the weaponry that the North puts on display.
The Pukkuksong submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) were also on parade.
North Korean state television showed what appeared to be several KN-08 and KN-14 missiles rolled out on trucks at the parade Saturday celebrating the 105th birthday of Kim Il Sung.
Pyongyang has undertaken five nuclear tests since 2006.
"It is still early days for these missile designs". That launch came shortly before Trump's first meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
North Korea is known to have invited about 200 foreign journalists to let them cover the country's celebrations of the key national holiday.
South Korea's military also detected the failed launch.
Despite Sunday's failure, the North's previous claim to have used "standardized" warheads has led to worries that it was making headway in its push to develop small and sophisticated warheads to be topped on long-range missiles. Amid rising regional tensions, Pyongyang residents have been preparing for North Korea's most important hol. The North Korean leadership needs to learn that threatening bluster and nuclear and missile tests that fail to receive the support of the worldwide community can not guarantee the North's safety or its development.