Did N.Korean missile hit own city? By

Did N.Korean missile hit own city? By

Did N.Korean missile hit own city? By

During its third test, the missile failed once again, reportedly because its first-stage engines failed.But what made matters worse was the fact that the missile crashed into a complex of industrial or agricultural buildings in the city of Tokchon in North Korea, not far from the capital, Pyongyang.

A "US government source" reportedly claims North Korea hit one of its own cities in a failed missile launch past year.

The North Korean missile was launched on April 28, last year, from Pukchang Airfield in South Pyongan Province.

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.

North Korea has completed other tests in the past year and recently received new United Nations sanctions over its sixth and most powerful nuclear test explosion and a series of intercontinental ballistic missile launches.

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

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The missile's failure was widely reported at the time but it was not previously known that the Hwasong-12 crashed in a populated area. The structural damage was independently confirmed by The Diplomat using publicly available satellite photos.

Since the failed test, North Korea has successfully launched an ICBM, and the tension between the two countries has ramped up significantly.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un loves to repeatedly display his country's nuclear reach by conducting frequent ballistic missile tests, even if his own citizens become collateral damage of those experiments.

In November a successful Intercontinental Ballistic Missile launch, the massive Hwasong-15 that led Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to label North Korea "a criminal nation", proved Kim Jong-un could reach "all parts of the USA mainland", the communist state claimed.

This all began when the North Korean leader claimed that he had a nuclear button on his desk at all times, to which Trump retorted back with a "I have a bigger and powerful one".

Dr Baker, an adviser to Reagan during the Cold War, claimed North Korea is taking "considerable" risks, which could see a missile veering off course and hitting the wrong target.


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