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In this April 13, 2012 photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stands next to senior military leaders during a ceremony in honor of his father, Kim Jong Il and grandfather, Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang. In very different ways, North Korea, run by the same family as a Stalinist dictatorship since the 1940s, and Myanmar, run by a cabal of generals, have opened themselves up over the past year or so, allowing the world to peer behind the political curtains they had so laboriously erected, but the question of whether there has been any real change still remains. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

A North Korean missile reportedly hit one of its own cities



North Korea launched a ballistic missile last year that failed in flight before crashing on one of its cities, according to The Diplomat.

The Diplomat on Wednesday reported that the launch occurred on April 28, 2017 out of North Korea’s Pukchang Airport in South Pyongan Province.

A U.S. government source with knowledge of North Korea’s weapons program on Wednesday told The Diplomat that the missile’s first stage engine failed roughly a minute into flight. The missile never flew higher than approximately 44 miles, and it ultimately crashed in Tokchon, North Korea.

The projectile was a Hwasong-12/KN17 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), and its crash caused considerable damage to a complex of agricultural and industrial buildings in Tokchon. The accident was one of three failed launches last April that North Korea experienced while testing the Hwasong-12.

The missile was successfully flight-tested weeks later, however, with a smooth launch on May 14, 2017. The Diplomat reported that it is impossible to verify whether the crash in Tokchon resulted in any loss of life.

Global tensions over North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and improved ballistic missiles have been steadily rising since last year.

President Trump on Tuesday tweeted his “button” for launching nuclear missiles is “much bigger” than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s. “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button’ is on his desk at all times,” he wrote. “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!”

Kim on Monday warned the U.S. about the progress of North Korea’s nuclear weapons research during his annual New Year’s Day address.

“The entire mainland of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear weapons and the nuclear button is always on the desk of my office,” he said. “They should accurately be aware that this is not a threat but a reality.”

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