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.
In late April 2017, Pyongyang launched a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile that failed minutes after launch.
The blast from missile had caused a significant damage to a complex of industrial or agricultural buildings, The Diplomat magazine reported, citing a U.S. intelligence source alongside satellite imagery.
According to a USA government source with knowledge of North Korea's weapons programs who spoke to The Diplomat, the missile's first stage engines failed after approximately one minute of powered flight, resulting in catastrophic failure.
The missile crashed within minutes after taking off, in the city of Tokchon in North Korea, damaging industrial and agricultural buildings near the vicinity of the crash site.
There have been no reported deaths as a result of the apparent stray rocket, but the damaged building is close to heavily populated areas.
As for what this means for the USA, 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.
"However, as the Google Earth imagery of the incident demonstrates, the Tokchon facility is located adjacent to what appear to be residential and commercial buildings".
Since April, North Korea has continued to launch missiles, including two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) over Japan. And there has been times they have done it from heavily populated regions.
Had the missile successfully completed the test, it would have landed in the northern part of the Sea of Japan, near the Russian coast.
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.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un loves to repeatedly display his country's nuclear reach by conducting frequent ballistic missile tests, even if his own citizens become collateral damage of those experiments.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un discussing weapons in Pyongyang.