A failed North Korean missile crashed in its own city this year
05 January, 2018, 14:11 | Author: Kristen Ingram
One such missile reportedly hit one of North Korean cities minutes after it was launched.
North Korea reportedly launched a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile in April of previous year that failed a few seconds into flight and came crashing down on a North Korean city.
The source told The Diplomat the rocket's flight only lasted one minute before an engine malfunction caused it to crash.
As per new data received, it has been learned that the missile had crashed in the city of Tokchon, around 90 miles north of the secretive communist country's capital, Pyongyang.
The Daily Mail noted that the city of Tokchon is inhabited by about 200,000 people.
A Google image of the site where The Diplomat says a failed missile came crashing to earth. The second image seems to show a crater and damages to the structure that did not exist in the first screenshot.
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A ground-to-ground intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 is test-launched at an undisclosed location, according to this photo released on May 15, 2017, by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
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