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.
With those changes, the USA would only have a few hours to detect pre-launch preparations in the event that North Korea prepares to strike.
North Korea reportedly launched a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile in April of past year that failed a few seconds into flight and came crashing down on a North Korean city.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a meeting last year
The highly troubling report again highlights the dangers of North Korea's missile ambitions and raises concerns that should a future launch fail at the wrong time, the trajectory of the missile could appear to resemble an attack on Japan.
The source revealed that the missile failed after one minute of time in the air before crashing down to the ground, in an agricultural-industrial part of the city, which has a population of around 235,000.
A Google image of the site where The Diplomat says a failed missile came crashing to earth.
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In the weeks after the failed April 28 launch one of three failures in that month - the Hwasong-12 enjoyed a successful launch on May 14.
This certainly limited the chances of incurring any infrastructural damage or human loss as the missile would have landed in sea in case of failure. This means the chances of such accidents happening in Pyongyang or its surrounding inhabitable areas remain high.
It is believed that the test is likely to take place later this week or next.
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North Korea launched an ICBM over Japan into the Pacific Ocean on September 14, and then again on November 29 of past year. South Korea warned: "the show of force threatened the whole world".
The prospect of nuclear war breaking out on the Korean Peninsula dominated global headlines for the past year, but many analysts believe the risk of a nuclear accident could be an even greater threat amid Pyongyang's lax safety regulations. He insisted that high-level negotiators from both Koreas meet at Panmunjom, situated at the border, next Tuesday to discuss the North's Olympic participation.
In keeping with his habit, Trump claimed credit for improving relations between Pyongyang and Seoul.
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