- Jul 2011
More: North Korea hits OWN CITY with missile as Japan fear accidental strike by CLUELESS regimeThe intermediate range ballistic missile crashed into the city with a population of 200,000 and exploded in a failed test launch, US government sources have revealed.
On April 28, 2017, a Hwasong-12 missile test fired from the Pukchang Airfield failed after launch and hit the city of Tokchon, it is claimed.
The first stage engine reportedly failed one minute into its flight after the rocket had traveled 24 miles sending it tumbling into an area of industrial buildings causing massive damage.
It is feared that the likelihood of a repeat of the accident is high with the repeated use of untested systems.
Satellite images show damaged buildings and an area where debris was cleared from an earlier images appear to show a whole building is missing.
Due to the ultra-secretive and paranoid nature of the North Korean regime it is unknown how many if any casualties were caused by the impact.
It is predicted that just a slight change to the missile’s flight path could have seen it smash through a residential area.
Since the accident, Pyongyang has launched missiles over Japan with observers fearing another failure could see a missile accidentally hitting Tokyo or Osaka.
A similar incident taking place over Japan could spark an all-out conflict with tensions at boiling point.
The launch was one of three failed Hwasong-12 launches last April before the rocket which paved the way for the Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile which was successfully unveiled last year.
I love Russian media snickering about this right now.
They seem to have forgot already that assault chopper that accidentally fired rockets on some poor news crews during war games in Western Russia and Belarus back in September