According to a US report, North Korea may have hit one of its cities with a Hwasong-12 ballistic missile by accident. The mishap reportedly occurred on April 28, 2017, during a missile test.
A Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile malfunctioned after it flew 24 miles into the air after which it crashed in Tokchon, a city that is a few miles away from Pyongyang. According to the report, the missile flew for only one minute.
Media sources verified the claim by using satellite images and it seems that the US report was true. Evidence of a missile explosion could be seen on a number of residential and commercial buildings in Tokchon. While the images revealed the explosion caused extensive damage to the city, no potential casualties have been reported.
Missiles that are powered by liquid fuel can cause massive explosions, even without a mounted warhead.
The missile failure was not given that much attention by US media outlets mainly due to a lack of available information. However, the prospect of an involuntary nuclear launch from North Korea’s part is a frightening possibility.
The first successful test of the Hwasong-12 missile occurred on May 14 last year and it is believed this breakthrough paved the way for the Hwasong-14 intercontinental-range ballistic missile (ICBM). This weapon was revealed by North Korea last year.
North Korea’s constant testing has been a subject of concern worldwide, with the United States being at the forefront of the pack. Tensions between the two countries only worsened at the end of 2017, when North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un stated in a televised New Year’s speech that the US is „within the range of our nuclear strike”.
While the North Korean leader said that his statement was not a threat but merely a reality, president Trump thought otherwise. He took to Twitter and mocked North Korea’s display of power.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
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