However, if a new report is accurate, North Korea had one of the biggest failures in its missile program in 2017 after one failed shortly after launch and crashed into a North Korean city.
North Korea may have accidentally hit one of its own cities with a ballistic missile past year.
A Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile, tested by North Korea in April 28, failed halfway through the launch and ended up crashing into Tokchon, a city few miles away from Pyongyang.
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 Diplomat said that it was impossible to determine if there were any casualties, though the time of day and the location of the impact site meant the death toll was unlikely to be high, if any.
What makes this type of failure alarming is that after a successful lofted test of the Hwasong-12 in May, North Korea proceeded to fire its new weapon out of the populated capital city of Pyongyang and over Japan into the Pacific Ocean.
Due to the engine failure it was highly likely there was a large explosion when the missile crashed into the ground, with significant damage to buildings.
North Korea Mistakenly Bombed Own City During Failed Missile Test
South Korea's Unification Ministry said the North sent its consent for the talks to take place this morning - hours after US and South Korea delayed their annual large-scale military exercises on the peninsula. It is believed that the success of the missile paved way for Hwasong-14/KN20 intercontinental-range ballistic missile (ICBM), unveiled by North Korea past year.
President Trump has repeatedly described the North Korean leader as "Little Rocket Man" while Mr Kim has called President Trump a "dotard", among many insults traded between the two.
North Korea tested a new intermediate-range ballistic missile six times a year ago.
According to the article North Korea's missiles won't be sitting ducks on a launch pad in the event of an attack from the U.S. or its Allies.
They have also both threatened to destroy the other, causing growing alarm worldwide. And this missile is one Kim Jong-un has bragged about - remember the military parade with missiles ushered down the streets of Pyongyang in April? "It should properly know that the whole territory of the U.S.is within the range of our nuclear strike and a nuclear button is always on the desk of my office, and this is just a reality, not a threat".