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Seoul says N. Korea's latest missile test ends in failure

  • Workers set up a fence around the PAC-3 Patriot missile unit deployed against North Korea's missile firing at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. North Korea's latest missile launch Wednesday appears to have ended in a failure. That's what South Korean defense officials say, three days after the North claimed a major breakthrough in its rocket development program. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Workers set up a fence around the PAC-3 Patriot missile unit deployed against North Korea's missile firing at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. North Korea's latest missile launch Wednesday appears to have ended in a failure. That's what South Korean defense officials say, three days after the North claimed a major breakthrough in its rocket development program. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Map locates Wonsan, North Korea; 1c x 2 inches; 46.5 mm x 50 mm;

    Map locates Wonsan, North Korea; 1c x 2 inches; 46.5 mm x 50 mm;  (The Associated Press)

  • Visitors walk by a TV screen showing a news program with a file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. North Korea's latest missile launch ended in failure on Wednesday, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said, three days after the North claimed a major breakthrough in its rocket development program. The Korean letters read: "Launch a missile." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Visitors walk by a TV screen showing a news program with a file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. North Korea's latest missile launch ended in failure on Wednesday, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said, three days after the North claimed a major breakthrough in its rocket development program. The Korean letters read: "Launch a missile." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)  (The Associated Press)

South Korea says the latest missile launch test by North Korea has ended in a failure.

The reported failure Wednesday come as U.S. and South Korean troops were conducting annual military drills that the North calls an invasion rehearsal.

Seoul's Defense Ministry says that the South Korea and U.S. militaries said the launch was not conducted in a successful way.

It gave no further details, such as what type of missile was fired.

Earlier this month, North Korea fired four ballistic missiles that flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) on average, with three of them landing in waters off Japan.