Failed missile test hits North Korean town

Casey Dawson
January 5, 2018

A Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) launched by North Korea reportedly failed mid-flight and crashed into Chongsin-dong, in city of Tokchon, causing considerable damage.

However The Diplomat has revealed the missile crash-landed in the North Korean city of Tokchon causing significant damage to buildings there.

It was launched from Pukchang Airfield in South Pyongan Province.

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. A nearby greenhouse was also damaged.

And new reports would suggest that those fears may have come true.

North Korea has not been lucky with missiles of late with a string of failures that engulfed the nation.

A missile that North Korea claimed had the range to hit targets anywhere in the United States most likely broke up as it re-entered the earth's atmosphere, a US official said on Saturday, Dec. 2, reported Fox.

The Tokyo-based Diplomat news website has reported that a missile test conducted in early 2017 went wrong and landed in a city instead.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15, 2017.

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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.

While a technical analysis of the missile's flight is still pending, the US official said it had "problems with re-entry".

It flew for around 50 minutes, reaching an unprecedented altitude of 2,800 miles, before splashing down in the Sea of Japan around 620 miles away.

With those changes, the US would only have a few hours to detect pre-launch preparations in the event that North Korea prepares to strike. The successful launch has been followed by a couple of more successful launches which has left the United States of America fuming.

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

The defector told a Japanese newspaper that the country has already started production on its largest missile to date, planning for a launch on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the communist republic.

Experts warn that North Korea's success with missile tests over the past two years is due largely to Kim Jong Un's uncharacteristically cool acceptance of failure.

Past altercations have also involved Trump calling the North Korea's Supreme Leader as the "little rocket man", whereas, Kim Jong-un called the US President a "dotard" as a sign of insult. "We are sending an armada, very powerful".

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