A North Korean missile appears to have exploded seconds after launch, the US and South Korean militaries say.

A North Korean missile launch site at an undisclosed location. (File photo)
A North Korean missile launch site at an undisclosed location. (File photo)

A new missile test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Wednesday from the eastern coastal town of Wonsan appeared to have failed just after it was launched, according to South Korean and US officials.

"US Pacific Command detected what we assess was a failed North Korean missile launch attempt in the vicinity of Kalma," Commander Dave Benham, a spokesman for US Pacific Command, said in a statement, referring to an air field in Wonsan.

"A missile appears to have exploded within seconds of launch," Benham said, adding that work was being carried out on a more detailed assessment.

The reported launch failure comes as the DPRK is angrily reacting to ongoing annual US-South Korean military drills that Pyongyang calls an invasion rehearsal.

TRT World spoke to Joseph Kim in Seoul for more on the launch and reactions to it.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies