In an area of the world that has generated a plethora of the media’s attention lately, North Korea is in the headlines again. Having been the subject of potential missile and nuclear attacks, the communist country has made the news not by an attack, but by an accident that occurred.
A missile has reportedly crashed into one of its very own cities, failing just minutes after its launch. The Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) initially was thought to have disintegrated mid-flight, however, new data proves that in landed in one of its own residential cities. Just 90 miles north of its own capital, the city of Tokchon, home to 200,000 citizens, endured an accidental missile that fell from above.
Likely to have exploded on impact, the missile ended up “causing significant damage to a complex of industrial or agricultural buildings” reported The Diplomat magazine. Satellite imagery, along with a US intelligence source provided the evidence of the damage. Having launched from the Pukchang airfield, it flew 24 miles north-east, before falling below. US government officials report that the missile failed only a minute after its launch, which was unpredicted.
Such missiles cause massive explosions when they fail, which satellite images from Google Earth prove to be true, after tests show imagery of a cleared area where a building was located before, along with damage to a greenhouse due to debris from the explosion. At this time, there are no reported deaths from the accidental strike due to the very secretive nature of the North Korean government.
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