Published: Fri, January 05, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

A North Korean missile crashed into one of its cities a year ago

A North Korean missile crashed into one of its cities a year ago

A North Korean test ballistic missile launched past 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).

The successful launch of the missile's test flight could have seen it land near the Sea of Japan but the failed missile, however, crashed in the city of Tokchon that has a population of 200,000.

Updated | North Korea's pursuit of a missile capable of reaching the US caused accidents along the way, The Diplomat reported Wednesday, referring to a missile test failure in April 2017. 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 unpredictability and mobility of North Korea's launches mean the United States or its allies would have a hard time preempting such a launch or even knowing where to look for one.

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A Google image of the site where The Diplomat says a failed missile came crashing to earth.

No casualties were reported, but given Pyongyang's rigid control of the press, it is impossible to know the extent of the destruction and possible loss of life caused by a missile plunging into a populated area. An analysis of satellite photographs suggests that it crashed into the North Korean town of Tokchon, where it destroyed a building close to what appears to be agricultural greenhouses. The explosion destroyed some 1,850 buildings; death toll estimates range between 160 and 3,000.

NORTH Korea may have hit its own city with a missile test gone horribly wrong.

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

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In November a successful Intercontinental Ballistic Missile launch, the massive Hwasong-15 that led Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to label North Korea "a criminal nation", proved Kim Jong-un could reach "all parts of the U.S. mainland", the communist state claimed.

"The focus here is to continue ... to apply maximum pressure on North Korea", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Saunders confirmed.

South Korean officials offered high-level talks with North Korea to find ways to cooperate on the Olympics and discuss other inter-Korean issues.

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