A new report shows North Korea incidentally crashed a medium-range ballistic missile into a town just outside the capital of Pyongyang last April, causing an explosion and possible injuries to its own citizens during the botched experiment, reports Fox News.
According to sources familiar with the accident, the intermediate rocket launched in late April 2017 from a military outpost in South Pyongan Province; the third failed experiment from Kim’s regime in that month alone in his quest to perfect his missile program.
The rocket fell from the sky after roughly 60 seconds of flight before crashing into the city of Tokchun, causing “considerable damage to a complex of industrial or agricultural buildings.”
The failed launch may explain why the North Korean regime relocated its testing facilities to the eastern coastal city of Sinpo, as inflight failures over the sea would cause significantly less damage and zero publicity.
Later in the year, dictator Kim Jong Un successfully launched multiple intercontinental, long-range ballistic missiles capable of striking every major American city. In response, President Trump issued a stark warning to the despot, saying the US was prepared to “totally destroy” his regime.
BEIJING BETRAYAL: China CAUGHT SNEAKING Oil Supplies to North Korea
South Korean authorities announced Friday it had detained a Chinese-based ship and its staff over reports the tanker was sneaking oil supplies to Kim’s regime; a violation of recent UN sanctions that barred such shipments to the communist nation.
According to UPI, officials in Seoul confirmed they had seized the Lighthouse Winmore, a ship registered in Hong Kong that allegedly smuggled over 600 tons of refined oil into North Korea last November; well after the United Nations adopted Resolution 2375 which banned the hermit kingdom from importing fuel.
President Trump weighed-in on the revelation on social media, saying he was “very disappointed” that Beijing refused to comply with the UN mandate, adding that no “friendly solution” to the North Korean crisis would be possible “if this continues.”
“Caught RED HANDED – very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!” Trump tweeted.
Caught RED HANDED – very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2017
South Korea’s seizure of a Chinese ship escalates already heightened tensions in the region; with dictator Kim Jong Un vowing to continue to test his rapidly expanding nuclear and missile programs.
CAUGHT ON CAMERA: The Moment North Korean Defector DASHES Across DMZ
It’s not uncommon for North Korean defectors to find their way into South Korea, but nearly all cases involve routing through China before heading towards the staunch US ally.
Current estimates say only four people have successfully crossed the DMZ in several years.