North Korean Ballistic Missile Accidentally Hit A Local Town

An intermediate-range ballistic missile launched by North Korea back in April accidentally struck a North Korean town, causing an explosion and possibly casualties, according to a report in the Diplomats.

 

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The news comes  after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to reopen a hotline between North and South Korea, allowing them to resume talks ahead of the Olympic games.

 

What happens when a North Korean ballistic missile test fails in flight and explodes in a populated area? On April 28, 2017, North Korea launched a single Hwasong-12/KN17 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) from Pukchang Airfield in South Pyongan Province (the Korean People’s Army’s Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 447 in Ryongak-dong, Sunchon City, to be more precise). That missile failed shortly after launch and crashed in the Chongsin-dong, in North Korean city of Tokchon, causing considerable damage to a complex of industrial or agricultural buildings.

According to a U.S. government source with knowledge of North Korea’s weapons programs who spoke to The Diplomat, the missile’s first stage engines failed after approximately one minute of powered flight, resulting in catastrophic failure. The missile never flew higher than approximately 70 kilometers. The location of the missile’s eventual impact was revealed exclusively to The Diplomat and evidence of the incident can be independently corroborated in commercially available satellite imagery from April and May 2017.

It's rumored that US special operations forces were responsible for the missile launch failures. The secretive regime makes it nearly impossible to determine the extent of damages. If a missile were to strike a populated area, the result would be catastrophic.

From an area near the Pukchang Airfield, the missile flew approximately 39 km to the northeast where it struck a complex in the small city of Tokchon seen below. Had it completed its flight successfully, the missile may have been designed to land in the northern reaches of the Sea of Japan, near the Russian coast. North Korea used a similar splashdown location for its first successful Hwasong-12 flight-test in May 2017. (The launch, however, took place from Kusong, not Pukchang.)

Satellite images of the impact point show a crater where a large structure once stood:

An image from Google earth of the complex show ground disturbances in an area that previously contained a building with fencing, also showing that a portion of the seasonal greenhouse had been damaged near the side of the complex where the debris fell. Using Planet Labs’ high frequency satellite images of this site, we can narrow down the date which this change occurred, which was sometime between the 26th and the 29th, or the two-day window in which the test is known to have occurred.

Liquid-fuel missiles like the Hwasong-12, which use a highly volatile combination of hypergolic propellant and oxidizer (meaning that the two agents ignite spontaneously on contact), can cause a massive explosion if the fall in just the right manner.

In this case, with the missile having survived its descent following an engine failure, it is likely that the impact of the missile destroyed the facility at Tokchon where the blast is believed to have occurred. It’s impossible to verify if the incident caused any loss of life and, given the time of day the test occurred and the location of the impact, it may be likely that few, if any, casualties resulted from the incident.

 

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North Korea successfully launched its first flight-test of the IRBM on May 14, 2017, firing the missile into the ocean. The country caused alarm when they test-launched missiles over Japanese territory in August and September, though the missiles landed in the Pacific Ocean outside of Japanese territory.

 

Comments

rejected Jan 4, 2018 6:20 PM Permalink

I believe absolutely nuttin from the US government. It/They have lied sooooooo much that nothing they say can or should be believed.

Especially when they try to credit SPEOPS. 20-30 years ago, maybe. With today's idiots,,, no way.

SilverDOG Jan 4, 2018 6:22 PM Permalink

 

 

Whoopidee doo .

Just how many Nuclear Detonations was US east coast downwind of...? HUNDREDS.

No biggee though, it wasn't a non-central bank country.

Ar15ak47rpg7 Jan 4, 2018 6:44 PM Permalink

Hey Lil’ Kim “Rocketman” Prick ....lets have a nuclear war ...we won’t need to fire a single ICBM ...you and your shitty Rocket engineers will blow up your shitty dirty little fuckhole country all on your own!!! Ha ha ha ...back to the drawing board ..Kimmy You Little fucking faggot !!! Ha ha

Harry Lightning Jan 4, 2018 6:50 PM Permalink

This is why the Fat Korean imbecile is so full of shit. 

Just because you have a rocket with a lot of fuel does not mean you have the ability to put it where you want.

Just because you explode a nuke in a mountain does not mean you can put it on a rocket, deliver it to where you want, and detonate it exactly at the time and altitude for it to do any massive damage.

These weapon systems take a lot of tests to become operational, and you cannot rely on someone else's test results because they are not building or firing the weapon for you. The Russians and the US each have tested their nuclear weapons arsenals more than a thousand times so as to know precisely how to build and use them. The Fat Slant's goons with the little homework books they write in have done seven tests. 

That's why the Fat Slant is almost comical in what he says to threaten the US and the world. He has no clue of how far away he is from being able to do the things he says he will do that's its almost comical. 

Its also another good reason to put an end to this nonsense with these a-holes now, before they do any more tests and while they are sitting ducks ready to be roasted. The only retaliation they can launch is massive artillery that will kill a lot of South Koreans, but with the right combination of weapons used as designed, those artillery will be destroyed far before they could ever fire. 

China may be ready to do the job anyway. They allegedly have been massing troops at their border with North Korea and the President of Chin supposedly told his country to prepare for war. What everyone is missing in these reports is that China is going to start the war to take out the Fat Boy Kim.

This is why Kim has been quiet for the last few months, save for his stupid nuclear button statement this past week. Because he knows that Premier Xi was given authority by his government in the Party Congress in October to get rid of this pain in the Chinese ass, and now that the major highway leading from China into North Korea is complete, the Chinese can make their move at any time. This stupid fuck doesn't want to do anything to cause the Chinese to walk in, although its probably too late for that and for him. He represents too much of a threat to the Chinese plans in China and internationally for the Chinese to tolerate his antics any longer. 

Roasted Fat Kim, Chinese style ! hahahahaha, what a suitable ending to this story.

I am Groot Jan 4, 2018 8:58 PM Permalink

Four million pounds of fuel, one nuclear weapon and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder. Makes you feel good, doesn't it?