A North Korean test ballistic missile launched previous year may have ended up hitting a populated city not far from Pyongyang, according to a report by news magazine The Diplomat on Wednesday (Jan 3).
The rocket reportedly crashed into the city of Tokchon and seriously damaged industrial or agricultural buildings.
An allegedly unsuccessful test of a North Korean ballistic missile that exploded over a densely populated area has raised concerns about the possibility of similar accidents happening over the country's capital Pyongyang or other populated areas, The Diplomat has reported. 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.
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.
A Google image of the site where The Diplomat says a failed missile came crashing to earth. However, it is not known whether any loss of life was reported.
These included "ground disturbances in an area that previously contained a building with fencing" and damage to a greenhouse on the complex.
A Google image of the site where The Diplomat says a failed missile came crashing to earth. Google
The missile that reportedly crashed, was a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile that had earlier been test fired twice and had failed on both occasions.
Another danger pointed out by The Diplomat comes from North Korea's newly demonstrated ability to carry out surprise tests.
Tensions with North Korea escalated over the course of 2017 due to their increased ballistic missile tests as well as their nuclear weapons development, but it appears that not all of these went to plan. And there has been times they have done it from heavily populated regions. Apart from Hwasong-12, North Korea also developed intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 and the Hwasong-15 past year.
"North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un just stated that the "Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times". President Trump responded to the dictator's comment by stating on Twitter that his nuclear button was "much bigger & more powerful".
Tokchon, where the missile landed in April 2017, is seen north of Pyongyang.
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