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A Eureka Moment for Two Times Reporters: North Korea’s Missile Launches Were Failing Too Often

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WASHINGTON — The launches were failing too often.

That was the topic of the conversation I was having one day late last spring with Bill Broad, one of The Times’s premier science writers. Just about every time the North Koreans tried to launch an advanced missile, it seemed to end up in the ocean seconds later. Maybe it was bad luck, we said to

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