first published on January 4, 2018 by Will
According to a newly released report, a missile test in North Korea failed and ended up destroying part of one of their own cities.
An article in The Diplomat, based on information gained from an unnamed US official, stated that on April 28, 2017, the Korean People’s Army’s Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 447 launched a Hwasong-12 Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) from a military base 40 miles north of Pyongyang. The missile only travelled approximately 25 miles, for roughly a minute, before the engine failed and the warhead crashed back to Earth.
The armed missile landed in an industrial area of the densely populated city of Tokchon, where 200,000 people reside. Satellite imagery showed “considerable damage to a complex of industrial or agricultural buildings.” It’s not known if the failed missile launch caused any deaths or injuries.
In the past year, hundreds of North Koreans have died as a result of a tunnel collapse near an underground nuke testing facility, and reports of radiation sickness on a massive scale are emerging due to contaminated groundwater, also as a result of nuclear testing. Those issues make this failed missile launch seem like a non issue… that is until one of North Korea’s missiles fail as they attempt to launch another over Japan, as they have done in the recent past.
Should one of Kim Jung Un’s missiles accidentally impact on Japanese soil, the implications could be severe. Would Japan retaliate with a strike of their own? …and if so, would China support North Korea in their fight against US-backed Japan?
The leadership of the rogue nation has demonstrated that the health and safety of their own people are not priorities in their mission to achieve nuclear domination. As long as the North Korean people continue to put up with it, there isn’t a lot anyone else can do. BUT, if their quest for nuclear supremacy begins costing the lives of foreign nationals on foreign soil… North Korea is going to get a reality check.