According to a recent report by Diplomat, a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile, tested by North Korea in April 28, 2017, failed halfway through its test flight and ended up crashing into Tokchon, a city few miles away from Pyongyang. However, if a new report is accurate, North Korea had one of the biggest failures in its missile program in 2017 after one failed shortly after launch and crashed into a North Korean city.
One such missile reportedly hit one of North Korean cities minutes after it was launched.
The missile didn't fly higher than 70 kilometers, or about 43 miles, and it crash-landed dangerously close to a highly populated town.
The publication quoted a U.S. government source with knowledge of the North's weapons program as saying the missile's first stage engines failed around a minute into flight, resulting in "catastrophic failure".
The unnamed source showed The Diplomat images from Google Earth from today compared to ones taken in 2016 to show the damage.
No casualties were reported, but given Pyongyang's rigid control of the press, it is impossible to know the extent of the destruction and possible loss of life caused by a missile plunging into a populated area.
In the weeks after the failed April 28 launch one of three failures in that month - the Hwasong-12 enjoyed a successful launch on May 14.
Due to the engine failure it was highly likely there was a large explosion when the missile crashed into the ground, with significant damage to buildings.
The Diplomat says that North Korea has the strategy of often using new sites for missile testing.
"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".
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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.
Furthermore, North Korea had also earlier claimed that they were in possession of a missile that can reach all the way up to United States of America.
The publication published photos posted by the Kim Jong Un regime during a missile launch celebration concert in July 2017.
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