North Korea is 'in the early stages of another missile test'

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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.

North Korea is reportedly in the early stages of testing another intercontinental ballistic missile, only a month before the South will welcome countries from across the world for the Winter Olympics.

Papers around the world on Friday relayed a shattering exposé by the Diplomat magazine that an intermediate range missile fired by the hardline regime on April 28 previous year veered off trajectory shortly after launch and plunged into Tokchon, a city of 237,000 residents less than 100 kilometers northeast of Pyongyang.

The report quoting United States government sources say that the missile failed within a minute of its flight.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a meeting last year

The aggressive missile tests in the past few years have escalated tensions in the political arena between Pyongyang and Washington.

Although, the fact that the missile had failed was known, but the location of the crash was unknown, untilthe revelation came fromThe Diplomat magazine.The Diplomat has substantiated its claims with Google Earth images. The Hwasong-12 is a liquid fuel missile which uses combination of hypergolic propellant and oxidizer.

He may have a nuclear button on his desk at all times but North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may not have complete control over his ballistic missiles.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un discussing weapons in Pyongyang. The explosion destroyed some 1,850 buildings; death toll estimates range between 160 and 3,000. The consequences in the region could be catastrophic.

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