A North Korean test ballistic missile launched previous year 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).
A Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile, tested by North Korea in April 28, failed halfway through the launch and ended up crashing into Tokchon, a city few miles away from Pyongyang.
North Korea conducted a missile test on April 28, 2017 that didn't go quite as planned. The source said that within a minute of being in the air, the missile's first stage engines failed and caused it to crash back down to the ground.
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.
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Fortunately, it looks like the damage was confined to an industrial facility and greenhouse, but there appears to be residential buildings within the same shot frames. It is believed that the success of the missile paved way for Hwasong-14/KN20 intercontinental-range ballistic missile (ICBM), unveiled by North Korea past year.
North Korea shows no signs of slowing down despite the supposed failures.
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 month of April 2017, the time of the failed missile test, was an already incredibly tense period for US-North Korea relations.
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While North Korea has threatened the USA mainland for months with nuclear weapons, intelligence and military experts said the regime lacked the ability to effectively deliver a nuclear warhead-this has now changed.
Taking to Twitter, Trump wrote: "North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the 'Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.' Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"
Those threats came as North Korea held a massive parade in its capital Pyongyang on Saturday to mark the 105th anniversary of its founding father Kim Il Sung - and to showcase its military might.
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