Failed missile test hits North Korean town

05 January, 2018, 14:10 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Failed missile test hits North Korean town

The report states that on April 28, 2017 Kim Jong Un's regime launched a single Hwasong-12/KN17 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM).

Satellite images show damage caused by a failed test launch that struck Tokchon, a city of 200,000 in the interior of Kim Jong-un's secretive state, according to a USA government official.

The Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile was launched eastward from Pyongsong in North Korea's South Pyongan Province.

The blast from missile had caused a significant damage to a complex of industrial or agricultural buildings, The Diplomat magazine reported, citing a USA intelligence source alongside satellite imagery.

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The unnamed source showed The Diplomat images from Google Earth from today compared to ones taken in 2016 to show the damage.

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 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.

"However, as the Google Earth imagery of the incident demonstrates, the Tokchon facility is located adjacent to what appear to be residential and commercial buildings". Fearing the chances of such a mishap, Kim had chosen the seaside town of Sinpo as the test site for the first two failed Hwasong-12 launches in April. "A slight difference in trajectory may could have resulted in an even more catastrophic accident over a populated region".

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Since 2008, photographer Eric Lafforgue ventured to North Korea six times.

But more recent missile tests have been more successful and have travelled long distances, with some flying over parts of Japan.

In a New Year's message to the people of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un has also confirmed that he is intending to send an Olympic team to Seoul - but maintained his fiery rhetoric against the United States.

The global community is still unaware exactly what caused a massive explosion that devastated the city of Ryongchong in 2004, soon after then-North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il had passed through in his personal train.

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