North Korea Accidentally Hit Its Own City In Missile Test

Violet Powell
January 5, 2018

These included "ground disturbances in an area that previously contained a building with fencing" and damage to a greenhouse on the complex.

The missile took off from the Pukchang Airfield in South Pyongan Province, known as the Korean People's Army's Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 447 in Ryongak-dong, Sunchon City, The Diplomat said.

The publication quoted a United States government source with knowledge of the North's weapons program as saying the missile's first stage engines failed around a minute into flight, resulting in "catastrophic failure".

This was North Korea's third test of the Hwasong-12, before ultimately completing a successful test of the missile on May 14.

North Korea was apparently been unfazed by their string of failures, as the isolated regime chose to begin test-firing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) in November.

Fresh UN sanctions and ongoing North Korea missile tests have ratcheted up already high tensions between the hermit nation and the US.

South Korea's Unification Ministry said the North sent its consent for the talks to take place this morning - hours after USA and South Korea delayed their annual large-scale military exercises on the peninsula.

The unpredictability and mobility of North Korea's launches mean the U.S. 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 North Korean missile test last April went embarrassingly wrong for the rogue nation.

Those threats came as North Korea held a massive parade in its capital Pyongyang on Saturday to mark the 105th anniversary of its founding father Kim Il Sung - and to showcase its military might. It carried out ballistic missile launches from Pyongyang's Sunan Airport.

The missile has been designated the Unha-4, and is planned as a larger version of the Unha-3.

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The April 29 launch was also unsuccessful due to engine failure, reaching only about 44 miles in maximum altitude before crashing back to Earth. The first launch in 2012 had failed to accomplish that. "The nuclear-armed North has insisted its aim was to place a scientific satellite in space".

The potential for disaster with such untested systems in populated areas, the publication notes, is easy to see.

The intermediate-range ballistic missile, or IRBM, is capable of reaching the US territory of Guam. "We are sending an armada, very powerful".

"This is a very big missile", Michael Duitsman, a research associate at the Centre for Nonproliferation Studies, said in an analysis posted to Twitter.

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