North Korea's ballistic missile accidentally hits own city

Posted January 05, 2018

It was launched from Pukchang Airfield in South Pyongan Province.

USA officials said the Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) was initially thought to have disintegrated mid-flight after it was sacked on 28 April past year.

Because of the secretive nature of functioning in North Korea, many say it is not possible to completely authenticate the report but that there is evidence to show that the IRBM caused destruction in a civilian area.

The missile was once again launched in May and at this time it successfully completed the test.

As per a USA government source, the first stage engines of the missile failed around a minute after the launch.

Missile activity has been reported at the same location near Pyongyang where an ICBM test took place in November, according to CBS.

Commercially available satellite imagery from April and May 2017 seems to confirm the suspected failed missile launch.

On April 28, it was third test of Hwasong-12. It had unveiled in a military parade just before the accident. The explosion destroyed some 1,850 buildings; death toll estimates range between 160 and 3,000.

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. Theories for the disaster suggest it could have been an industrial accident, a transport accident - involving a train or trains carrying explosive chemicals - or even an assassination plot.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un discussing weapons in Pyongyang.

If true, the report suggests the dangers of North Korean missile tests to countries beneath their flight paths, such as Japan.