North Korea hit its own city in missile launch blunder

Lucy Bush
January 5, 2018

A report in The Diplomat has quoted a United States government source with "knowledge of North Korea's weapons programme" as saying the missile, which was launched on 28 April 2017, failed after just a minute of powered flight, during which time it traveled less than 70 kilometres into the North Korean sky.

The Diplomat reports that a U.S. government source with knowledge of the launch says the missile failed after just a single minute of airtime.

In late April 2017, Pyongyang launched a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile that failed minutes after launch. The missile did not fly higher than about 70 kilometers. 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.

Satellite imagery scanned by the authors shows damage to industrial or agricultural buildings near a residential area.

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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 Hwasong-12, with unburned liquid fuel, could still cause a massive explosion even without a warhead, though the authors concluded there were most likely few casualties.

North Korea may have accidentally hit one its own cities with a missile, it has been claimed.

"The ICBM Hwasong-15 type weaponry system is an intercontinental ballistic rocket tipped with super-large heavy warhead. which is capable of striking the whole mainland of the U.S", North Korea's Central News Agency, a mouthpiece of the communist party, said on November 29.

Since April, North Korea has continued to launch missiles, including two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) over Japan. But the outlandish rhetoric continues on both sides, as President Trump and Kim Jong Un most recently compared the size of the buttons on their desks.

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However, since April, North Korea hasn't held ballistic missile testing from Sinpo, it said.

At the time, the regime was busy testing an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) named Hwasong-12 capable of reaching the USA territory of Guam.

Moon has joined US -led worldwide efforts to apply more pressure and sanctions on North Korea, but he still favors dialogue as a way to resolve the nuclear standoff.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has ordered top scientists to build the country's largest rocket yet, according to a defector.

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