North Korea strikes its own city Tokchon as test missile goes wrong

North Korea strikes its own city Tokchon as test missile goes wrong

According to the Japanese magazine The Diplomat, North Korea's test of an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) on April 28 crash-landed in the city of Tokchon and caused heavy damage to several buildings. 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.

North Korea may have accidentally hit one of its own cities with a ballistic missile a year ago. The location of the crash was previously unknown, but a USA government source told The Diplomat that the missile came down in the city of Tokchon, located approximately 40 miles northeast of the airfield.

The April 29 launch was also unsuccessful due to engine failure, reaching only about 44 miles in maximum altitude before crashing back to Earth.

The unnamed source pointed out where the rocket had landed and Google Earth images taken on May 18 past year, just weeks after the launch, appear to show damage to a greenhouse-style structure at the same spot. The Diplomat said that it was impossible to determine if there were any casualties, though the time of day and the location of the impact site meant the death toll was unlikely to be high, if any.

These included "ground disturbances in an area that previously contained a building with fencing" and damage to a greenhouse on the complex.

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One of North Korea's failed missile tests in 2017 accidentally bombed one of its own towns, according to a new report.

"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". The accident in Tokchon was reportedly the third failed test of a Hwasong-12 missile that same month. And there has been times they have done it from heavily populated regions.

One persistent claim from the West is that despite North Korea's clear improvements in missile technology, it remains unreliable, which could pose even more of a danger to life.

It marked the first missile launched since one was sacked across Japan and into the Pacific Ocean on September 15.

The publication published photos posted by the Kim Jong Un regime during a missile launch celebration concert in July 2017.

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