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05 January 2018, 01:15 | Katrina Lee
North Korean missile landed on its own town
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.
A missile test from North Korean failed and crashed past year into one of the rogue nation's own cities, a report has revealed.
A source in the United States government with knowledge of North Korea's weapons program reportedly informed The Diplomat of a ballistic missile test that went wrong April 28, 2017.
The Diplomat's Ankit Panda and David Schmerler, of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, cited a USA government source as saying the missile failed a minute into flight and never went higher than 70 kilometers.
A U.S. government official told The Diplomat the missile's first-stage engines refused to start up after a minute of flight on April 28, causing the missile to fall to the ground and blow up the buildings.
Satellite images from Google Earth and PlanetLabs published in The Diplomat appear to corroborate the source, showing damage from debris in a building complex located near a large group of other buildings.
"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. The report also draws attention to seeming structural damage to one of the buildings.
The report said that due to the nature of the Hwasong-12 missiles, which contain highly volatile fuel, the crash could have resulted in a massive explosion.
North Korea launched an ICBM over Japan into the Pacific Ocean on September 14, and then again on November 29 of previous year.
Last year, the regime also named new sites for missile testing, a move viewed as a way to show the flexibility of its Strategic Rocket Force.
Tokchon, North Korea, is where a test-fired missile landed, the report claims. "North Korea is putting considerable faith in the guidance systems of these missiles". North Korea launched its first ICBM back in July and the U.S. did nothing but impose more sanctions.
He may have a nuclear button on his desk at all times but North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may not have complete control over his ballistic missiles.
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