Losers- trying to rattle their saber over the US/South Korean military exercises- US officials: 1 North Korean missile blew up shortly after launch By Lucas Tomlinson Published March 18, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook Twitter livefyre Email FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2015, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers remarks at a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim has warned of impending tests of a nuclear warhead explosion and ballistic missiles capable of carrying atomic warheads, state media reported Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in an escalation of threats against Seoul and Washington. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File) Despite earlier claims by North Korea that it fired two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, two US officials tell Fox News that one blew up shortly after lift-off in an embarrassing new twist for the North Korean military. ADVERTISEMENT A US defense official Thursday evening said North Korea launched two ballistic missiles, but did not specify how far each missile traveled. Both missiles were Nodong medium-range ballistic missiles, based on the Soviet-era Scud-C missile. "Neither was assessed to be a threat to the U.S. or our regional allies. These launches are a violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions," the official said. Both missiles were launched from mobile road launchers, making it difficult to track their movement since the launchers can be easily hidden. One of the missiles, launched from the west coast of North Korea north of the capital, Pyongyang, flew hundreds of miles into the Sea of Japan, marking a dangerous escalation in North Korea's missile program.