Failed missile test hits North Korean town

05 January, 2018, 13:40 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Kim Jong-un fired a missile into one of his own cities

A report in The Independent quoted United States officials as saying that the Hwasong-12 ballistic missile landed in Tokchon - about 150 kilometers from Pyongyang - after being launched on April 28 of past year.

A North Korean missile had accidentally hit one of its own city during a launch test conducted on April 28, last year, as per reports.

The missile crashed within minutes after taking off, in the city of Tokchon in North Korea, damaging industrial and agricultural buildings near the vicinity of the crash site.

As per new data received, it has been learned that the missile had crashed in the city of Tokchon, around 90 miles north of the secretive communist country's capital, Pyongyang.

Although, the fact that the missile had failed was known, but the location of the crash was unknown, untilthe revelation came fromThe Diplomat magazine.The Diplomat has substantiated its claims with Google Earth images.


The missile was said to be a Hwasong-12 model with an estimated operational range of 3,700-6,000km. Apart from Hwasong-12, North Korea also developed intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 and the Hwasong-15 a year ago.

No casualties were reported, but given Pyongyang's rigid control of the press, it is impossible to know the extent of the destruction and possible loss of life caused by a missile plunging into a populated area.

"North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un just stated that the "Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times".

Observers are also anxious that neighboring countries may regard it as an act of provocation or war should North Korean missiles and rockets veer off course and hit unintended foreign targets in South Korea, Japan or even China.

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