A new report on Wednesday revealed that North Korea accidentally bombed one of its own cities after a missile launch test failed this past April.
A report in The Independent quoted U.S. officials as saying that the Hwasong-12 ballistic missile landed in Tokchon - about 150 kilometers from Pyongyang - after being launched on April 28 of past year. 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. Initially, reports had suggested that the intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) had exploded into pieces in mid-flight but new evidence suggest that it in fact crashed into the city of 200,000.
Earlier in the month North Korea had threatened the U.S. with "nuclear justice" and "thermonuclear war".
Kim announced his reclusive nation had become a "full nuclear state" in November following the successful launch of his most powerful rocket.
North Korea's incessant missile testing throughout 2017 escalated tension with the US; and by the looks of it, 2018 is not going to be any better.
The unnamed source said the missile may have been destined to go down in the Sea of Japan, near the Russian coast, where its first Hwasong-12 test rocket landed in May 2017.
Failed missile test hits North Korean town
The highly troubling report again highlights the dangers of North Korea's missile ambitions and raises concerns that should a future launch fail at the wrong time, the trajectory of the missile could appear to resemble an attack on Japan.
Kim Jong Un conducted 16 missile tests since February 2017, firing 23 various missiles.
However The Diplomat said it was impossible to ascertain whether there was any loss of life.
However, the cold relationship between South Korea and the North showed signs of thawing in the beginning of 2018.
Furthermore, North Korea had also earlier claimed that they were in possession of a missile that can reach all the way up to United States of America.
It was reported Wednesday that Kim had opened a border hotline to his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in, restoring a direct channel of dialogue, which had been non-existent since the latter got elected previous year.
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Sources said that almost 50 planes were sent to nearby airports as many pilots were not trained in this technology. Take-offs at IGI require a minimum RVR of 125 metres and landings can take place with a minimum RVR of 50 metres.