When a North Korean Missile Accidentally Hit a North Korean City —
Early last year, a North Korean IRBM crashed in a populated area.
What does that tell us?
MSM groups did report about the missile launch back during the month, but little or nothing was mentioned about what happened after the launch. NK celebrated its launch but somehow nothing was ever mentioned about the results of the test.
Thanks to the in-depth reporting of the Diplomat and its reporters we now know more. Apparently, the regime has no problem with destroying buildings and hurting its own people in its quest to be seen as a dominant nuclear power.
By Ankit Panda and Dave Schmerler
January 03, 2018
What happens when a North Korean ballistic missile test fails in flight and explodes in a populated area? On April 28, 2017, North Korea launched a single Hwasong-12/KN17 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) from Pukchang Airfield in South Pyongan Province (the Korean People’s Army’s Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 447 in Ryongak-dong, Sunchon City, to be more precise). That missile failed shortly after launch and crashed in the Chongsin-dong, in North Korean city of Tokchon, causing considerable damage to a complex of industrial or agricultural buildings.
The April 28 failure merits close analysis, especially as North Korea continues to carry out flight-testing of its various ballistic missile platforms from a range of new test sites. In 2017, North Korea has introduced new sites for missile testing, arguably to demonstrate the flexibility of its Strategic Rocket Force. It has even carried out ballistic missile launches from a restricted area at Pyongyang’s Sunan Airport, which also serves as the country’s primary civil aviation facility and the entrypoint for most non-Chinese foreign visitors to North Korea. The potential for similar accidents occurring over Pyongyang, the country’s capital, or other populated regions remains high, especially with untested systems.
In April, most reports of the circumstances of this launch were sparse, noting only that North Korea launched a single missile that failed in flight. U.S. Pacific Command stated that the missile was launched from “near” Pukchang Airfield, a previously unused launch site for North Korean ballistic missile testing. As The Diplomat first reported in June, contrary to other reports at the time, the three missiles tested in April were not anti-ship ballistic missiles, but a new type of intermediate-range ballistic missile.
An image from Google earth of the complex show ground disturbances in an area that previously contained a building with fencing, also showing that a portion of the seasonal greenhouse had been damaged near the side of the complex where the debris fell. Using Planet Labs’ high frequency satellite images of this site, we can narrow down the date which this change occurred, which was sometime between the 26th and the 29th, or the two day window in which the test is known to have occurred.
Implications for the United States and Allies
As North Korea’s production of now-proven IRBMs and ICBMs continues, it will have a large and diversified nuclear force spread across multiple hardened sites, leaving the preventive warfighter’s task close to impossible if the objective is a comprehensive, disarming first strike leaving Pyongyang without retaliatory options. The time is long gone to turn the clock back on North Korea’s ballistic missile program and its pre-launch basing options.
Read the entire article HERE.
The Diplomat is an online international news magazine covering politics, society, and culture in the Asia-Pacific region. It is based in Tokyo, Japan. It was originally an Australian bi-monthly print magazine, founded by Minh Bui Jones, David Llewellyn-Smith and Sung Lee in 2001. The magazine was acquired by James Pach through his company Trans-Asia Inc. in December 2007. It has received several journalistic awards for its articles over the last six years. It has also partnered with several known groups and think tanks, one such being Center for Strategic and International Studies located in Washington, DC.
So if NK has no regard for its own people, I would say that China and Russia ought to be far more worried about what happens on their own borders with NK. Every country around the world that it perceives as against it should also be worried.
Recent actions by China suggest they are very worried about the possibility of war. The first part of December, Breitbart and others posted information as to warnings China issued to its border lands to prepare for nuclear war.
North Korea is making noises about talks with South Korea but as Nikki Haley and others have warned, talks are cheap if NK is unwilling to back down on nuclear weapon testing and proliferation.
After reading and seeing the photographic evidence in the Diplomat, I do agree. North Korea has had years to set up, develop, and prepare for any eventuality. Just like when we went to war once before in North Korea and in Vietnam, the terrain and the willingness to sacrifice lives for their decisions makes any thought of an easy victory or less than vicious war very remote. They do not value individual lives but only the collective and have no conscience or restraint about pushing buttons that would render half the world radioactive for centuries.