North Korea missile crashes into its own cities

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North Korea may have accidentally hit one of its own cities with a ballistic missile past year.

The Hwasong-12/KN17 intermediate-range ballistic missile reportedly failed minutes after it was launched on April 29, 2017 and crashed in the North Korean city of Tokchon with a population of about 240,000, causing "considerable damage to a complex of industrial or agricultural buildings", the Tokyo-based global news magazine wrote, citing a source in the U.S. government with knowledge of North Korean weapons programs.

At the time of the April crash, reports in western media merely indicated that North Korea had launched a missile that failed and came down in North Korean territory. The Diplomat says the missile caused "considerable damage to a complex of industrial or agricultural buildings" but couldn't confirm if there were any casualties.

The Daily Mail noted that the city of Tokchon is inhabited by about 200,000 people.

This screenshot from Google Maps shows the complex allegedly damaged by North Korea's failed missile test launch on April 29.

Tokchon, where the missile landed in April 2017, is seen north of Pyongyang.

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The publication published photos posted by the Kim Jong Un regime during a missile launch celebration concert in July 2017.

The missile was once again launched in May and at this time it successfully completed the test.

The aggressive missile tests in the past few years have escalated tensions in the political arena between Pyongyang and Washington.

If true, the report suggests the dangers of North Korean missile tests to countries beneath their flight paths, such as Japan. However, it is not known whether any loss of life was reported.

On April 28, it was third test of Hwasong-12.

However, the cold relationship between South Korea and the North showed signs of thawing in the beginning of 2018. The North's latest successful missile test involved a Hwasong-15, a model believed to be intercontinental - that is, having the capacity of flying over 5,500km. The Trump administration says all options are on the table, including military measures against the North. Moon has repeatedly said he opposes any war on the Korean Peninsula.

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