North Korea 'Hit One Of Its Own Cities By Accident', It's Been Claimed

There are claims North Korea may have accidentally hit one of its own cities with a missile.

According to a US government official, satellite images show damage to Tokchom, which has a population of 200,000, after a failed test launch.

The Hwasong KN-17 medium range missile was launched from Pukchang Airfield in South Pyongan Province in April last year, reports the Daily Mail.


A successful launch took place in July. Credit: CNN

However, it's said to have failed shortly after it was launched and crashed down in the city of Tokchom, causing damage to what appears to be agricultural or industrial buildings.

The unnamed source showed The Diplomat images from Google Earth from today compared to ones taken in 2016 to show the damage.

The source told The Diplomat the rocket's flight only lasted one minute before an engine malfunction caused it to crash. It was originally destined to land in the Sea of Japan, according to the news outlet.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

No deaths were reported after the incident.

The news comes after US President Donald Trump told North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that he has a bigger and more powerful nuclear button than him.

Taking to Twitter, Trump wrote: "North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the 'Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.' Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"

Good to know, isn't it?

Trump's tweeting had led to criticism, with many accusing the POTUS of stirring up trouble. And, let's face it, it wouldn't be the first time, he previously called Kim a 'little rocket man' and 'short and fat'.

Source: The Diplomat; Daily Mail

Featured Image Credit: PA

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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