PYONGYANG: North Korea accidentally hit one its own cities with a missile, according to a report published in The Diplomat on Wednesday, Jan. 3.
Satellite images show damage caused by a failed test launch that struck Tokchon, a city of 200,000 in the interior of the country, according to a US government source with knowledge of North Korea’s weapons programs.
An intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), named the Hwasong KN-17, was fired from Pukchang Airfield in South Pyongan Province, 40 miles north of Pyongyang on April 28 last year, the source told The Diplomat.
But after about one minute of powered flight, the rocket crashed down in the Chongsin-dong area of the city, apparently damaging what appears to be an agricultural or industrial building.
It is next to impossible to verify the true extent of the damage, or indeed to verify the report itself, due to the lack of access to the secretive communist state.