According to The Diplomat, on April 28, 2017, the Korean People's Army's Air and Anti-Air Force launched a intermediate-range ballistic missile, the Hwasong-12, which crashed into the city of Tokchon, "causing considerable damage to a complex of industrial or agricultural buildings".
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 U.S. government official.
NORTH Korea may have hit its own city with a missile test gone horribly wrong. The Diplomat magazine quoted a source in the United States intelligence wing as saying that the missile exploded on impact and caused extensive damage to industrial and.or agricultural buildings where it crashed.
"It's impossible to verify if the incident caused any loss of life and, given the time of day the test occurred and the location of the impact, it may be likely that few, if any, casualties resulted from the incident", The Diplomat pointed out.
If true, the report suggests the dangers of North Korean missile tests to countries beneath their flight paths, such as Japan.
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.
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North Korea has not been lucky with missiles of late with a string of failures that engulfed the nation.
US Pacific Command said the missile was launched from close to Pukchang Airfield, a site that had previously not been used for ballistic missile tests.
"The ICBM Hwasong-15 type weaponry system is an intercontinental ballistic rocket tipped with super-large heavy warhead. which is capable of striking the whole mainland of the U.S", North Korea's Central News Agency, a mouthpiece of the communist party, said on November 29.
"The missile never flew higher than approximately 70 kilometres".
While North Korea has threatened the US mainland for months with nuclear weapons, intelligence and military experts said the regime lacked the ability to effectively deliver a nuclear warhead-this has now changed. North Korea launched its first ICBM back in July and the USA did nothing but impose more sanctions.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un discussing weapons in Pyongyang. The rogue nation's leader, Kim Jong Un, claims to have the "nuclear button" on his desk at all times.
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