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

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

The report states that on April 28, 2017 Kim Jong Un's regime launched a single Hwasong-12/KN17 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM). An analysis of satellite photographs suggests that it crashed into the North Korean town of Tokchon, where it destroyed a building close to what appears to be agricultural greenhouses.

According to a US 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.

Due to the engine failure it was highly likely there was a large explosion when the missile crashed into the ground, with significant damage to buildings. The Diplomat said that it was impossible to determine if there were any casualties, though the time of day and the location of the impact site meant the death toll was unlikely to be high, if any.

In the war of words that followed, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un threatened to launch a missile strike on the U.S. with President Donald Trump then responding in kind, saying that he did not rule a military solution to the conflict.

North Korea may have accidentally hit one its own cities with a missile, it has been claimed.

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

However, the cold relationship between South Korea and the North showed signs of thawing in the beginning of 2018.

The massive parade was held ahead of U.S. vice-president Mike Pence's arrival in South Korea for diplomatic talks.

The Diplomat says that North Korea has the strategy of often using new sites for missile testing.

As The Diplomat notes, this particular missile launch didn't get much attention in the USA press at the time because all we really knew about it was the fact that it failed.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15, 2017.

Less than three weeks after the failed launch, North Korea successfully tested the Hwasong-12, which is believed to have led to successful tests of the country's first intercontinental ballistic missile later in the year.


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