A North Korean missile crashed into one of its cities a year ago

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Less than three weeks after the failed launch, North Korea successfully tested the Hwasong-12, which is believed to have led to successful tests of the country's first intercontinental ballistic missile later in the year.

The site claimed that it had seen evidence from a United States government source revealing how a test of the Hwasong-12 missile on the 28 April ended badly when the rocket crashed into the city of Tokchon, north-east of Pyongyang.

But it failed shortly after take-off, the Diplomat reports, before crashing down in the Chongsin-dong area of Tokchon, apparently damaging what looks like an agricultural or industrial building.

The Daily Mail noted that the city of Tokchon is inhabited by about 200,000 people.

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A North Korean ballistic missile failed during a test launch, crashing and exploded in a town and causing damage to buildings and unknown casualties, missile experts have claimed.

Another danger pointed out by The Diplomat comes from North Korea's newly demonstrated ability to carry out surprise tests.

Tokchon, where the missile landed in April 2017, is seen north of Pyongyang.

It marked the first missile launched since one was sacked across Japan and into the Pacific Ocean on September 15.

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Liquid-fuel missiles like the Hwasong-12, which use a highly volatile combination of hypergolic propellant and oxidizers, can produce massive explosions depending on the exact nature of their failure.

Despite North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's recent boast about his nuclear button, a newer report has revealed that there might be some grave errors hiding behind the country's attempt at keeping up appearances.

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. However, it is not known whether any loss of life was reported.

However, the cold relationship between South Korea and the North showed signs of thawing in the beginning of 2018. Apart from Hwasong-12, North Korea also developed intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 and the Hwasong-15 a year ago. The Trump administration says all options are on the table, including military measures against the North. Moon has repeatedly said he opposes any war on the Korean Peninsula.

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