North Korea Mistakenly Bombed Own City During Failed Missile Test

Marsha Scott
January 5, 2018

A new report says North Korea hit one of its own cities past year during a failed missile test.

The missile that reportedly crashed, was a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile that had earlier been test fired twice and had failed on both occasions.

According to The Diplomat, North Korea launched the Hwasong-12 from the Pukchang Airfield in South Pyongan Province after wheeling it out from an underground hangar.

Photos seen exclusively by The Diplomat show there was no such damage to the buildings before the test on April 28.

What still remains a hidden secret is whether the crash caused any casualties, and if yes, how many!

South Korea's Unification Ministry said the North sent its consent for the talks to take place this morning - hours after US and South Korea delayed their annual large-scale military exercises on the peninsula.

The Hwasong KN-17 medium-range rocket was sacked from Pukchang Airfield in South Pyongan Province, 40 miles north of Pyongyang on April 28 previous year, it is claimed.

The Hwasong-12 is a liquid fuel missile that uses a combination of hypergolic propellant and oxidizer.

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Korean People's Army (KPA) tanks are displayed on Kim Il-Sung square during a military parade marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017.

This new is coming just days after Donald Trump tweeted about the "size of his nuclear button". But a North Korea failed missile test that crashed in Tokchon, a North Korean city, reveals the roadblocks the country faces as it tries to develop a serious weapons program. Were the missile to fail over Pyongyang, it could cause kill civilians, and the same is true of a similar failure over Japan.

It is thought if the missile had been successful it should have landed in the northern parts of the Sea of Japan.

The satellite that North Korea claimed had been put into orbit has not been identified by experts, casting doubt on the claim of success. The single-stage liquid propellant missile has a range of 2,796 miles, making it capable of hitting the US territory of Guam or the farthest tip of Alaska's Aleutian island chain.

"The entire United States is within range of our nuclear weapons, and a nuclear button is always on my desk", Kim said in his speech.

While much of the regime's true capability is shrouded in secret, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said in October 2017 that the regime appeared to be just months away from perfecting its nuclear capabilities.

"This is a very big missile", Michael Duitsman, a research associate at the Centre for Nonproliferation Studies, said in an analysis posted to Twitter.

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