US threatens decisive response as North Korea fires ANOTHER failed ballistic missile just hours after Donald Trump warned of ‘major conflict’ with rogue state
Medium range rocket - which may have been nuclear capable - crashed down into the Sea of Japan minutes after launch
And China ordered it to stand down its rocket testing or risk harsh sanctions.
In a failed test, a missile was launched from Pukchang Airfield north of the capital Pyongyang at around 9:30pm GMT.
US officials confirmed they had tracked the medium range weapon, which may have been nuclear capable, and that President Trump had been informed.
He later tweeted: "North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!"
The rocket exploded within North Korean territory above the Sea of Japan minutes after it was fired, military chiefs said.
"It's possible that something could be sped up," a senior White House official said of the potential for imposing new sanctions on North Korea.
"Something that's ready to go could be taken from the larger package and expedited."
Just hours earlier, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to stop North Korea's nuclear and missile development could lead to "catastrophic consequences".
China, which has long provided a lifeline to the rogue nation, upped its effort to rein in its trigger-happy neighbour by threatening economic curbs if it further posed a risk.
But the Chinese echoed the Russians by cautioning the West against threatening brute force against skittish Kim.