These people are maniacs. I certainly hope the president isn’t falling for the same failed argument that talking with these monsters remains a viable option. #RememberOttoWarmbier
Forget reaching the US mainland, one errant North Korean missile went rogue last year and crashed into a city not far from the capital, Pyongyang, according to a report.
A Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile turned itself into a very-short-range rocket when it failed during a test flight on April 28, 2017, and slammed into the city of Tokchon, according to The Diplomat magazine.
The missile, which was launched from the Pukchang airfield, flew just 24 miles before taking a nosedive and striking a complex of industrial or agricultural buildings, the mag reported.
According to a US government source with knowledge of the hermit kingdom’s weapons program, the missile’s first-stage engines failed after about a minute of flight.
The location of the missile’s impact was revealed exclusively to The Diplomat, which said it corroborated the flub using commercially available satellite imagery from April and May 2017.
Although the images show that the explosion caused heavy damage in the heavily populated area, there is no way to tell if it led to casualties.
Had the missile successfully completed its test flight, it would have landed in the northern part of the Sea of Japan, near the Russian coast.