North Korea’s Third Suspected KN-17 Missile Test Fails

Note: Later information has revealed that the KN-17 refers to the Hwasong-12, not the Scud-variant as previously believed.

On April 29, North Korea test-fired another KN-17 short-range ballistic missile. According to the South Korean military, the missile traveled approximately 34 km and reached an altitude of about 70 km before disintegrating. The launch constitutes North Korea’s third failed KN-17 test in April 2017. During the first test, the missile spun out of control into the Sea of Japan after traveling about 55 km. The second test missile exploded seconds after launch.

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Missile Defense Project, "North Korea’s Third Suspected KN-17 Missile Test Fails," Missile Threat, Center for Strategic and International Studies, April 29, 2017, last modified June 15, 2018,