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05 January 2018, 01:14 | Marta Robbins
A Google image of the site where The Diplomat says a failed missile came crashing to earth.
According to a recent report by Diplomat, a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile, tested by North Korea in April 28, 2017, failed halfway through its test flight and ended up crashing into Tokchon, a city few miles away from Pyongyang.
A ballistic missile launched by North Korea past year failed in flight and crashed back to the ground, it has been reported.
One such pitfall that has come to light is the fact that in April 28, 2017, North Korea test fired a missile which went rouge and crashed into one of its own cities. The missile never flew higher than approximately 70 kilometers.
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.
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"In this case, with the missile having survived its descent following an engine failure, it is likely that this facility at Tokchon experienced a large explosion upon impact", The Diplomat says.
But only a month later, Kim successfully tested the Hwasong-12 missile, before firing the Hwasong-15 in November and claiming it was his most powerful yet. A nearby greenhouse was also damaged.
Last year, the regime also named new sites for missile testing, a move viewed as a way to show the flexibility of its Strategic Rocket Force. Apart from Hwasong-12, North Korea also developed intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 and the Hwasong-15 previous year.
However, the cold relationship between South Korea and the North showed signs of thawing in the beginning of 2018.
The unpredictability and mobility of North Korea's launches mean the United States or its allies would have a hard time preempting such a launch or even knowing where to look for one.
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.
But the fiery crash of a North Korean missile into a populated town demonstrates yet another threat posed by Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.
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