North Korea may have accidentally hit one of its own cities with a missile, it was said. US officials said the Hwasong-12 medium-range ballistic missile (IRBM) was initially disintegrated mid-flight after firing on April 28.
However, new data suggests that it has landed in Tokchon City, about 110 km north of the secret communist country’s capital, Pyongyang. Tokchon has a population of about 200,000.
The missile probably exploded on impact, causing significant damage to a complex of industrial or agricultural buildings, Diplomat magazine reported, citing a US intelligence source alongside satellite imagery.
After launching Pukchang Airfield, the missile flew about 38 kilometers to the northeast, the report said, adding that it did not fly more than 70 km or so.
A US government source said the missile’s first-stage engines failed a minute after launch.
Liquid fuel missiles can cause mass explosions when they fail, and Google Earth satellite images taken after the test show an open area where a building once stood and damage to a greenhouse caused by debris.
However, as the publication pointed out, it is impossible to verify whether the accidental strike caused death due to the secret nature of the North Korean regime.
The report highlights the danger of another North Korean missile test failed at the wrong time. If the missile fell to Japan, its trajectory may look like an attack.
The Kingdom of the Hermits, which has launched ballistic missiles on Japan since August 2017, gives no warning before its tests, leaving little time to neighboring countries and the United States to determine whether missile launches are a test or a test. legitimate attack.
The report also warned that the new tunnels, hangars and storage sites in the North mean that its missiles will not be “sitting ducks” easily targeted on known launch platforms.
The diplomats’ article came as the Japanese prime minister warned that his country’s security situation has been the most dangerous since the Second World War because of North Korea’s “unacceptable provocations”.
“It is no exaggeration to say that the security environment surrounding Japan is the most severe since the Second World War,” said Shinzo Abe, promising to strengthen the country’s defenses and protect the Japanese people.
“By increasing pressure on North Korea, with the international community, I intend to do my utmost to solve North Korea’s nuclear, missile and kidnapping problems.”
Earlier this week, Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said the United States heard reports that North Korea is preparing to fire another missile.
An official said a possible launch could occur in the middle of the week.
“North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has just declared that the” nuclear button is still on his desk “. Does anyone from his impoverished, hungry diet inform him that I also have a nuclear button, but he is much bigger and more powerful than his, and my button works! “, Tweeted the American president.