North Korea may have accidentally bombed one of its own cities last yearJanuary 5, 2018
Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have been building over the past year, with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un testing weapons left and right. But a new report suggests that one of the country’s own cities was hit by accident during a failed North Korean missile test last year.
The Hwasong-12 missile that was tested on April 28th was previously thought to have disintegrated in the air. But news magazine The Diplomat reported yesterday, January 3rd, that the missile hit the city of Tokchon instead. An unnamed U.S. government source told the magazine that the missile’s engines failed one minute after the launch. According to the report, satellite imagery confirms the site of the missile’s crash landing.
Tokchon has a population of about 200,000 and is roughly two hours away from Pyongyang. The missile launch reportedly hit a complex of either agricultural or industrial facilities. The number of potential casualties from this crash is unknown, but because the missile contained unburned fuel, it likely caused an explosion.