Tensions escalate as defiant North Korea ‘makes unsuccessful missile launch’ day after massive show of strength
The US may have sabotaged Kim Jong-un’s missile test yesterday through a cyber-attack causing the rocket to spectacularly flop, according to a former British foreign secretary.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind claims American intelligence has used cyber warfare to successfully foil missile tests before.
There is a “strong belief” that President Trump’s administration was behind North Korea’s latest failed launch.
Speaking with the BBC, he said: “It could have failed because the system is not competent enough to make it work.
Sir Malcolm did warn that despite the missile flop, North Korea remains a serious nuclear threat.
He said: “But don’t get too excited by that, they’ve also had quite a lot of successful tests.
“They are an advanced country when it comes to their nuclear weapons programme. That still remains a fact – a hard fact.”
South Korea’s military reported the launch attempt near the Sinpo region.
US officials said the missile in the test exploded on launch but they don’t know exactly what type of weapon it was.
The incident is likely to escalate the rising tensions between the US and North Korea over Pyongyang’s rogue nuclear weapons ambitions.
It came a day after the parade marking 105 years since the state’s found Kim Il-sung was born.