Updated | North Korea's pursuit of a missile capable of reaching the USA caused accidents along the way, The Diplomat reported Wednesday, referring to a missile test failure in April 2017.
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 worldwide news magazine wrote, citing a source in the United States government with knowledge of North Korean weapons programs.
The month of April 2017, the time of the failed missile test, was an already incredibly tense period for US-North Korea relations. An analysis of satellite photographs suggests that it crashed into the North Korean town of Tokchon, where it destroyed a building close to what appears to be agricultural greenhouses.
The Daily Mail noted that the city of Tokchon is inhabited by about 200,000 people.
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Satellite images show the likely site hit by the failed missile.
Since the failed test, North Korea has successfully launched an ICBM, and the tension between the two countries has ramped up significantly.
Dr Baker, an adviser to Reagan during the Cold War, claimed North Korea is taking "considerable" risks, which could see a missile veering off course and hitting the wrong target.
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North Korea's incessant missile testing throughout 2017 escalated tension with the USA; and by the looks of it, 2018 is not going to be any better.
However The Diplomat said it was impossible to ascertain whether there was any loss of life.
Kim Jong Un conducted 16 missile tests since February 2017, firing 23 various missiles. South Korea warned: "the show of force threatened the whole world".
North Korea launched an ICBM over Japan into the Pacific Ocean on September 14, and then again on November 29 of past year.
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The prospect of nuclear war breaking out on the Korean Peninsula dominated global headlines for the a year ago, but many analysts believe the risk of a nuclear accident could be an even greater threat amid Pyongyang's lax safety regulations.