Satellite imagery shows extensive damage to a building in Tokchon shortly after Kim Jong-un launched a Hwasong-12 ballistic missile, it has been reported.
As per a United States government source, the first stage engines of the missile failed around a minute after the launch.
The report also noted that due to the Tokchon facility's close proximity to what appear to be residential and commercial buildings, a slight difference in the missile's trajectory could have led to a disaster.
The Daily Mail noted that the city of Tokchon is inhabited by about 200,000 people.
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One of North Korea's test ballistic missiles past year crashed in a city not far from Pyongyang, according to new findings by online news magazine The Diplomat.
One persistent claim from the West is that despite North Korea's clear improvements in missile technology, it remains unreliable, which could pose even more of a danger to life.
A North Korean missile test went embarrassingly wrong for the rogue nation, according to a report.
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The aggressive missile tests in the past few years have escalated tensions in the political arena between Pyongyang and Washington.
The missile's failure was widely reported at the time but it was not previously known that the Hwasong-12 crashed in a populated area. Reports suggest that the Hwasong-12 missile that was launched but malfunctioned, is the third failed test in a single month (April 2017).
The global community is still unaware exactly what caused a massive explosion that devastated the city of Ryongchong in 2004, soon after then-North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il had passed through in his personal train. South Korea warned: "the show of force threatened the whole world".
In November a successful Intercontinental Ballistic Missile launch, the massive Hwasong-15 that led Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to label North Korea "a criminal nation", proved Kim Jong-un could reach "all parts of the U.S. mainland", the communist state claimed.
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It was reported Wednesday that Kim had opened a border hotline to his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in, restoring a direct channel of dialogue, which had been non-existent since the latter got elected past year.
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