North Korea Accidentally Hit Its Own City In Missile Test, Report Says

Posted January 05, 2018

The Hwasong-12/KN17 intermediate-range ballistic missile reportedly failed minutes after it was launched on April 29, 2017 and crashed in the North Korean city of Tokchon with a population of about 240,000, causing "considerable damage to a complex of industrial or agricultural buildings", the Tokyo-based global news magazine wrote, citing a source in the United States government with knowledge of North Korean weapons programs. The crash landing reportedly caused extensive damage to a complex of industrial or agricultural buildings, The Diplomat said.

North Korea is reportedly in the early stages of testing another intercontinental ballistic missile, only a month before the South will welcome countries from across the world for the Winter Olympics.

As per The Diplomat, the explosion had created a significant damage to the buildings in the city.

North Korea has not been lucky with missiles of late with a string of failures that engulfed the nation. The said incident was reported by The Diplomat, a Japanese magazine. Apart from Hwasong-12, North Korea also developed intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 and the Hwasong-15 a year ago. According to North Korean state media, the ICBM flew for 53 minutes and reached heights of almost 2,800 miles (4,500 kilometers).

North Korea's Hwasong-15 ICBM reached an altitude of about 2,780 miles and flew 590 miles during its 53-minute flight.

Initially, reports had suggested that the intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) had exploded into pieces in mid-flight but new evidence suggest that it in fact crashed into the city of 200,000. North Korean State media spoke of a nuclear attack on the US at any sign of American aggression, as a US Navy strike group steamed toward the western Pacific.

But the fiery crash of a North Korean missile into a populated town demonstrates yet another threat posed by Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.

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As per new data received, it has been learned that the missile had crashed in the city of Tokchon, around 90 miles north of the secretive communist country's capital, Pyongyang.

The missile has been designated the Unha-4, and is planned as a larger version of the Unha-3.

Taking to Twitter, Trump wrote: "North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the 'Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.' Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"

It is believed that the test is likely to take place later this week or next.

It has been reported that the missile was launched from the Pukchang airfield and travelled 40 kilometers before crashing.

"The defector said there were likely two major objectives in launching a new long-range missile".

Experts warn that North Korea's success with missile tests over the past two years is due largely to Kim Jong Un's uncharacteristically cool acceptance of failure. Just this week, Kim said he has a button on his table for nuclear weapons that can reach the entire USA mainland.