The missile was said to be a single Hwasong-12/KN17 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) launched from Pukchang Airfield in South Pyongan Province, that later, crashed into Tokchon.
The Diplomat says that when it compared older and newer images of the failed missile's apparent crash site - which was said by its USA source to be an industrial area in the city of Tokchon, 39 kilometres to the east of the launch - differences were apparent in the newer images.
The launch - from Pukchang Airfield in South Pyongan Province - is said to have gone awry soon after takeoff, with a USA source telling The Diplomat the missile's "first stage" engines failed after about 60 seconds. After its launch, the missile flew approximately 24 miles to the north-east but, no higher than around 43 miles, The Diplomat magazine reported. The source said that within a minute of being in the air, the missile's first stage engines failed and caused it to crash back down to the ground. The publication also showed two satellite images taken by Google of the complex, one from October 2016 and one from May 2017. The accident in Tokchon was reportedly the third failed test of a Hwasong-12 missile that same month. It's unknown if there were any casualties, but residents likely experienced a large explosion.
One persistent claim from the West is that despite North Korea's clear improvements in missile technology, it remains unreliable, which could pose even more of a danger to life.
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North Korea's pursuit to acquire nuclear weapons and building missiles to launch them might have had a drastic impact on the world, but the collateral damage that it might cause to the hermit kingdom in the long-term can't be ignored.
But only a month later, Kim successfully tested the Hwasong-12 missile, before firing the Hwasong-15 in November and claiming it was his most powerful yet.
In a New Year's message to the people of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un has also confirmed that he is intending to send an Olympic team to Seoul - but maintained his fiery rhetoric against the United States.
Moon has joined USA -led global efforts to apply more pressure and sanctions on North Korea, but he still favors dialogue as a way to resolve the nuclear standoff. But the outlandish rhetoric continues on both sides, as President Trump and Kim Jong Un most recently compared the size of the buttons on their desks.