North Korean missile test crashed into one of country's own cities

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The missile crashed soon after launch because of engine failure and landed in a complex of either industrial or agricultural buildings in Tokchon, about 40 miles away.

The Hwasong KN-17 medium range missile was launched from Pukchang Airfield in South Pyongan Province in April past year, where it failed shortly and crashed, causing damage to agricultural and industrial buildings.

According to a USA government source with knowledge of North Korea's weapons programs who spoke to The Diplomat, the missile's first stage engines failed after approximately one minute of powered flight, resulting in catastrophic failure. The Diplomat said that contrary to reports elsewhere, the missiles launched during that April period were not anti-ship missiles but new intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The Diplomat said that it was impossible to determine if there were any casualties, though the time of day and the location of the impact site meant the death toll was unlikely to be high, if any. However, according to reports, North Korea discarded Sinpo as a ballistic testing site after April for some reason.

The unnamed source pointed out where the rocket had landed and Google Earth images taken on May 18 previous year, just weeks after the launch, appear to show damage to a greenhouse-style structure at the same spot.

In November, North Korea test-fired its most powerful Inter-continental ballistic missile yet which experts said is likely capable of striking nearly anywhere on earth.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a meeting last year

North Korea has since conducted a flurry of nuclear and ballistic missile tests ramping up tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula.

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.

Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened Pyongyang over the past 12 months in what has played out as escalating game of verbal jibes between himself and Kim Jong-un regime.

Korean People's Army (KPA) tanks are displayed on Kim Il-Sung square during a military parade marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017.

The missile was launched from North Korea's Pukchang airfield. "The other could be to use the pro forma launch of a satellite into space to test whether the missile was capable of re-entry into the atmosphere". The single-stage liquid propellant missile has a range of 2,796 miles, making it capable of hitting the USA territory of Guam or the farthest tip of Alaska's Aleutian island chain.

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