Red-faced Kim Jong-un accidentally blasts OWN city in missile blunder

The test took place in April last year

The test took place in April last year

The Diplomat reports North Korea launched a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile that failed shortly after launch in April. However according to the report, it crashed in the city of Tokchon, a city of population of around 2 lakh people and lead to damage to buildings situated there.

The North Korean missile was launched on April 28, last year, from Pukchang Airfield in South Pyongan Province. The location of the crash was previously unknown, but a US government source told The Diplomat that the missile came down in the city of Tokchon, located approximately 40 miles northeast of the airfield.

The source told The Diplomat the rocket's flight only lasted one minute before an engine malfunction caused it to crash.

The publication also showed two satellite images taken by Google of the complex, one from October 2016 and one from May 2017.

Because of the secretive nature of functioning in North Korea, many say it is not possible to completely authenticate the report but that there is evidence to show that the IRBM caused destruction in a civilian area.

Fortunately, it looks like the damage was confined to an industrial facility and greenhouse, but there appears to be residential buildings within the same shot frames. Fearing the chances of such a mishap, Kim had chosen the seaside town of Sinpo as the test site for the first two failed Hwasong-12 launches in April.

Another danger pointed out by The Diplomat comes from North Korea's newly demonstrated ability to carry out surprise tests. "A slight difference in trajectory may could have resulted in an even more catastrophic accident over a populated region".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15, 2017.

"North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un just stated that the "Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times".

After all, it's North Korea, where the media is state-controlled.

Those threats came as North Korea held a massive parade in its capital Pyongyang on Saturday to mark the 105th anniversary of its founding father Kim Il Sung - and to showcase its military might.

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