North Korea Accidentally Hit Its Own City In Missile Test

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The missile was said to be a single Hwasong-12/KN17 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) launched from Pukchang Airfield in South Pyongan Province, that later, crashed into Tokchon.

Satellite images show damage caused by a failed test launch that struck Tokchon, a city of 200,000 in the interior of Kim Jong-un's secretive state, according to a USA government official.

The report quoting U.S. government sources say that the missile failed within a minute of its flight.

Although, the fact that the missile had failed was known, but the location of the crash was unknown, untilthe revelation came fromThe Diplomat magazine.The Diplomat has substantiated its claims with Google Earth images.

The report on The Diplomat further added that chances of failure were high, and that may have been the reason why Pyongyang chose the sea-side town of Sinpo as its initial test site rather than Pyongyang.

The failed April 28 test was the first run of the so-called "March 18 revolution" engine which, after it survived a successful run on its fourth attempt in May, became the platform for the ICBM launch.


Because the missile had consumed only a fraction of its liquid fuel, it is likely that the facility at Tokchon experienced a large explosion upon impact.

There have been no reported deaths as a result of the apparent stray rocket, but the damaged building is close to heavily populated areas. Apart from Hwasong-12, North Korea also developed intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 and the Hwasong-15 previous year.

North Korea was apparently been unfazed by their string of failures, as the isolated regime chose to begin test-firing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) in November.

In November a successful Intercontinental Ballistic Missile launch, the massive Hwasong-15 that led Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to label North Korea "a criminal nation", proved Kim Jong-un could reach "all parts of the U.S. mainland", the communist state claimed.

Since 2008, photographer Eric Lafforgue ventured to North Korea six times. The rogue nation's leader, Kim Jong Un, claims to have the "nuclear button" on his desk at all times.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un discussing weapons in Pyongyang.

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