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In this May 10, 2016, photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un watches a parade from a balcony at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang. The U.S. imposed sanctions Wednesday, July 6, 2016, on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and 10 other top officials for human rights abuses in an escalation of Washington's effort to isolate the authoritarian government. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

North Korea tried to send a message during US-South Korea military drills. It backfired.


North Korea launched another missile Wednesday morning, but it failed within seconds of launch, according to U.S. Pacific Command.

The missile launch comes as the U.S. and South Korea continue their annual military drills. North Korea historically views this as practice for an invasion and tends to respond angrily. 

It is not yet clear what kind of missile was launched. The quick failure suggests it may be a new type of missile that has not been tested much. 

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In this photo provided by South Korean Defense Ministry, a U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber, right, and South Korean fighter jets conduct a joint training exercises over the Korean Peninsula Wednesday, March 22, 2017. North Korea's latest missile launch ended in failure on Wednesday as the United States sent a supersonic bomber streaking over ally South Korea in a show of force against the North, officials said. (South Korean Defense Ministry via AP)

Also on Wednesday,  a U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber and South Korean fighter jets conducted joint training exercises that displayed "strong deterrence against North Korean nuclear and missile threats," South Korea's Defense Ministry said.

American defense officials said Tuesday the U.S. was expecting another North Korean missile launch within the next few days after spotting a missile launcher being moved. 

On Saturday, North Korea claimed it tested a "historic" rocket engine days after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said "all options" were on the table to deal with North Korean tensions. Dictator Kim Jong-un called the test the "March 18 revolution." 

Earlier this month, it fired four missiles. Several landed in the Sea of Japan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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