North Korea strikes its own city Tokchon as test missile goes wrong

North Korea missile crashes into its own cities Report

North Korea missile crashes into its own cities Report

Satellite imagery shows extensive damage to a building in Tokchon shortly after Kim Jong-un launched a Hwasong-12 ballistic missile, it has been reported.

A Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile, tested by North Korea in April 28, failed halfway through the launch and ended up crashing into Tokchon, a city few miles away from Pyongyang.

It was launched from Pukchang Airfield in South Pyongan Province. After its launch, the missile flew approximately 24 miles to the north-east but, no higher than around 43 miles, The Diplomat magazine reported.

The unpredictability and mobility of North Korea's launches mean the U.S. or its allies would have a hard time preempting such a launch or even knowing where to look for one.

The unnamed source pointed out where the rocket had landed and Google Earth images taken on May 18 previous year, just weeks after the launch, appear to show damage to a greenhouse-style structure at the same spot.

Because of the secretive nature of functioning in North Korea, many say it is not possible to completely authenticate the report but that there is evidence to show that the IRBM caused destruction in a civilian area.

Another danger pointed out by The Diplomat comes from North Korea's newly demonstrated ability to carry out surprise tests.

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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.

Despite North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's recent boast about his nuclear button, a newer report has revealed that there might be some grave errors hiding behind the country's attempt at keeping up appearances.

But more recent missile tests have been more successful and have travelled long distances, with some flying over parts of Japan.

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley even explained in April that the US would conduct a military strike against North Korea if it tested an ICBM.

Furthermore, North Korea had also earlier claimed that they were in possession of a missile that can reach all the way up to United States of America.

South Korean officials offered high-level talks with North Korea to find ways to cooperate on the Olympics and discuss other inter-Korean issues.

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