In April, Pyongyang launched a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile that failed shortly after launch and ended up hitting the city of Tokchon, roughly two hours from the capital, The Diplomat reported on Wednesday.
The missile's engines reportedly failed after just one minute into the flight, resulting in "catastrophic failure", The Diplomat reported, citing a "U.S. government source with knowledge of North Korea's weapons programs".
The Daily Mail noted that the city of Tokchon is inhabited by about 200,000 people.
The Diplomat reports satellite imagery shows the missile struck a complex of industrial or agricultural facilities, located near residential and commercial buildings in Tokchon.
A "US government source" reportedly claims North Korea hit one of its own cities in a failed missile launch a year ago.
As for what this means for the US, the Diplomat explained that rather than coming from known launch pads, DPRK missiles may originate from hardened tunnels, hangers or other newly constructed storage sites scattered all around the country, which has added to and diversified its list of launch points.
Dr Baker, an adviser to Reagan during the Cold War, claimed North Korea is taking "considerable" risks, which could see a missile veering off course and hitting the wrong target.
As The Diplomat notes, this particular missile launch didn't get much attention in the United States press at the time because all we really knew about it was the fact that it failed.
It marked the first missile launched since one was sacked across Japan and into the Pacific Ocean on September 15.
The global community is still unaware exactly what caused a massive explosion that devastated the city of Ryongchong in 2004, soon after then-North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il had passed through in his personal train. The North's latest successful missile test involved a Hwasong-15, a model believed to be intercontinental - that is, having the capacity of flying over 5,500km.
"It's impossible to verify if the incident caused any loss of life and, given the time of day the test occurred and the location of the impact, it may be likely that few, if any, casualties resulted from the incident". South Korea warned: "the show of force threatened the whole world".
It was reported Wednesday that Kim had opened a border hotline to his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in, restoring a direct channel of dialogue, which had been non-existent since the latter got elected past year.