Vice President Mike Pence arrived in South Korea with his family shortly after North Korea’s failed missile launch.
And there are claims that the launch may have been ‘thwarted by cyber-attacks from the US.’
North Korea attempted to fire a mid-range missile that made its debut during the Day of the Sun parade.
However, it did not perform as well as Kim had hoped. The weapon blew up roughly five seconds after being launched from a site near the city Sinpo.
Of its failure, former British conservative foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind told the BBC on Sunday: ‘It could have failed because the system is not competent enough to make it work, but there is a very strong belief that the US – through cyber methods – has been successful on several occasions in interrupting these sorts of tests and making them fail.’
After attending Easter church services with service members at the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul, Pence said at a fellowship dinner that North Korea’s ‘provocation’ is another reminder of the risks that U.S. and South Korean service members face every day ‘in the defense of the freedom of the people of South Korea and the defense of America in this part of the world.’
Pence, who will spend the next 10 days touring Asia with his wife, Karen, and daughters Audrey and Charlotte, added that the willingness of military members ‘to stand firm without fear inspires the nation and inspires the world.’
The vice president began his trip by laying a wreath at the Seoul National Cemetery where he was photographed with his wife alongside a South Korean official as all three wore distinctive white gloves.
According to the Daily Mail, VPOTUS tweeted out Sunday:
“At Seoul National Cemetery, I laid a wreath to honor South Koreans who sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom.”
Pence is the son of a Korean War veteran and displays his late father’s Bronze Star in his office.
A White House official told the New York Times the US had ‘good intel’ both before and after the launch.
The South Korean defense ministry said in a statement: ‘North Korea attempted to test an unidentified type of missile from Sinpo area in the South Hamkyong Province this morning, but we suspect the launch has failed.’
In a statement, the US military said: ‘U.S. Pacific Command detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean missile launch at 11:21 a.m. Hawaii time April 15.
‘The launch of the ballistic missile occurred near Sinpo.
‘The missile blew up almost immediately. The type of missile is still being assessed.
‘U.S. Pacific Command is fully committed to working closely with our allies in the Republic of Korea and in Japan to maintain security.’
The Foreign Office has said it is ‘concerned by reports of a missile test by North Korea’ and is ‘monitoring the situation closely’.