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One of North Korea's test ballistic missiles a year ago crashed in a city not far from Pyongyang, according to new findings by online news magazine The Diplomat. The report also draws attention to seeming structural damage to one of the buildings.

The Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile was launched eastward from Pyongsong in North Korea's South Pyongan Province.

A missile that North Korea claimed had the range to hit targets anywhere in the United States most likely broke up as it re-entered the earth's atmosphere, a US official said on Saturday, Dec. 2, reported Fox.

The month of April 2017, the time of the failed missile test, was an already incredibly tense period for US-North Korea relations.

According to CNBC, the failed missile test was previously reported but it wasn't known that a populated area was hit.

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The concern over the launch failure comes after North Korea began using alternative sites for missile launches, including Pyongyang's Sunan Airport, which could raise the potential for similar accidents occurring near higher population centers.

"The ICBM Hwasong-15 type weaponry system is an intercontinental ballistic rocket tipped with super-large heavy warhead. which is capable of striking the whole mainland of the U.S", North Korea's Central News Agency, a mouthpiece of the communist party, said on November 29. After all, it's North Korea, where the media is state-controlled. South Korea warned: "the show of force threatened the whole world".

'And we want all of the other countries - this is not just a United States threat, this is a global threat - which is why we're calling on everybody to step up and do more, and we're going to continue working with a lot of different leaders and other countries to help do that, and we're going to keep all of our options on the table'.

Despite multiple testing failures, Hwasong-12 missile was successfully test launched on May 14. The rogue nation's leader, Kim Jong Un, claims to have the "nuclear button" on his desk at all times.

Trump, who has frequently called Kim "little rocket man", tweeted Tuesday that he also has a nuclear button that's "bigger and more powerful". President Trump said that he was "sending an armada" to the region, which turned out to be a lie.


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