A North Korean missile crashed into one of its cities past year

A North Korean missile crashed into one of its cities past year

A North Korean test ballistic missile launched a year ago may have ended up hitting a populated city not far from Pyongyang, according to a report by news magazine The Diplomat on Wednesday (Jan 3).

However according to the report, it crashed in the city of Tokchon, a city of population of around 2 lakh people and lead to damage to buildings situated there.

North Korea is reportedly in the early stages of testing another intercontinental ballistic missile, only a month before the South will welcome countries from across the world for the Winter Olympics.

As per a United States government source, the first stage engines of the missile failed around a minute after the launch. Reports suggest that the Hwasong-12 missile that was launched but malfunctioned, is the third failed test in a single month (April 2017).

The revelation that the missile hit an unintended target raises new questions about the possibility that North Korea could accidentally start a nuclear war if an errant missile were to hit a country like Japan or South Korea.

Because the missile had consumed only a fraction of its liquid fuel, it is likely that the facility at Tokchon experienced a large explosion upon impact.

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The missile was once again launched in May and at this time it successfully completed the test.

Tokchon, North Korea, is where a test-fired missile landed, the report claims. Apart from Hwasong-12, North Korea also developed intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 and the Hwasong-15 a year ago.

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.

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.

But the fiery crash of a North Korean missile into a populated town demonstrates yet another threat posed by Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.

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".

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