Dave Lawler Apr 16, 2017
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The build-up to North Korea's launch, and possible reasons it failed

Wong Maye-E / AP

North Korea celebrated the "Day of the Sun" Saturday, marking the anniversary of the birth of the country's founder (and Kim Jong-un's grandfather), with a parade that included three missiles. One of those missiles was new, and appeared to be intercontinental in range, an expert told the NYT.

That celebration ended with the launch of a ballistic missile, from a submarine base on the East Coast, which exploded almost immediately.