Just desserts: Kim Jong Un’s ballistic missile accidentally hit a North Korean city

On April 28, 2017, in another blustering threat against the United States, North Korea “test” launched a single Hwasong-12/KN17 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) from Pukchang Airfield in Sunchon City, South Pyongan Province.

This is an account of what happened to the missile.

Ankit Panda and Dave Schmerler report for The Diplomat, Jan. 3, 2018, that the missile failed shortly after launch and crashed into the populated city of Tokchon, causing considerable damage to a complex of industrial or agricultural buildings.

According to a U.S. government source with knowledge of North Korea’s weapons programs who spoke to The Diplomat, the missile never flew higher than 43.5 miles (70 km). Its first stage engines failed after approximately one minute of powered flight, resulting in catastrophic failure. The location of the missile’s eventual impact can be independently corroborated in commercially available satellite imagery from April and May 2017.

Liquid-fuel missiles like the Hwasong-12 IRBM, which use a highly volatile combination of hypergolic propellant and oxidizer (meaning that the two agents ignite spontaneously on contact), can produce massive explosions depending on how they fail. In this case, with the missile having survived its descent following an engine failure, it is likely that the facility at Tokchon experienced a large explosion upon impact. It’s impossible to verify if the incident caused any loss of life and, given the time of day the test occurred and the location of the impact, it may be likely that few, if any, casualties resulted from the incident.

However, as the Google Earth imagery of the incident demonstrates, the Tokchon facility is located adjacent to what appear to be residential and commercial buildings. A slight difference in trajectory may could have resulted in an even more catastrophic accident over a populated region.

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 Sunan Airport in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, 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.

The April 28 failed missile launch was the third attempted flight-test of this new type of intermediate-range ballistic missile. The Hwasong-12, it would later emerge, was the fundamental building block for the Hwasong-14/KN20 intercontinental-range ballistic missile (ICBM) revealed later in the year. Despite the three failures in April, the Hwasong-12 would see its first successful flight-test just weeks later on May 14.

Since August 2017, North Korea has started launching ballistic missiles over Japanese territory — twice successfully with the Hwasong-12, the reentry vehicles splashing down in the northern Pacific Ocean, clear of Japanese territory. But future successes are not guaranteed and should a future North Korean missile overflying fail at the wrong moment during its powered flight phases, its trajectory may come to resemble an attack on Japan. Even with a dummy payload, an incident like that could spark a serious crisis in Northeast Asia. North Korea’s missile tests, which violate its obligations under United Nations Security Council resolutions, come with no formal warning or notices to airmen, leaving regional states and the United States to their own devices in interpreting Pyongyang’s intentions once the engines are ignited.

Another problem is that not only has North Korea tested a massive variety of strategic weaponry, it has done so from a more diverse list of launch sites — what the U.S. intelligence community calls “ballistic missile operating areas” — than ever before. North Korea’s missiles are no longer sitting ducks at known “launch pads,” as a result of the proliferation of newly constructed hangers, tunnels, and storage sites. There are facilities similar to Pukchang Airfield across the country.  All of which thwart U.S. and allied attempts at potential preemption and prevention.

Although missiles like the Hwasong-12, Hwasong-14, and the new behemoth, the Hwasong-15, all use liquid fuels and must be fueled prior to launch, U.S. and allied intelligence have at best a couple hours to detect launch preparations. Though risky, North Korea could also fuel these missiles in a horizontal configuration within their hardened storage sites and use its road-mobile transporter-erector-launchers to launch them with fewer pre-launch signatures.

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.

Lastly, the Trump Administration insider Q Anon has hinted at the involvement of Barack Obama and the CIA in North Korea. Here’s a video on this intrigue:


21 responses to “Just desserts: Kim Jong Un’s ballistic missile accidentally hit a North Korean city

  1. Where’s the outrage from the proggies that Fat Boy might have killed some of his own people?

    Oh wait, Truuuuuuuuuuuuuump!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. (Elton John) Rocket man burning out his fuse up there in Korea, and killing citizens by the dozen. And I think it’s going to be a long long time before we get rid of him!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Little Rocket Man. Heads up, Your button does not work!

    President Trump out today on important matters. FYI, his button is live!🇺🇸🇺🇸🥂

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Will Fat Boy blame Trump and say we shot it down or worse, it was one of ours?

    Liked by 3 people

  5. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    For your information.


    Liked by 2 people

  6. Well-THAT was interesting…..

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Probably the first question that popped into my mind, since the Fat Boy likes to “off people” if they fail to live up to his expectations . . . did any one loose their life due to this failure? We will probably never know.

    When you compare the picture of Fat Boy and the factory worker, it is painful to see that they is probably twice the weight of the other man. The factory worker has a face that is so lean, it seems as though the skin is just pulled over the skull. That in itself, makes me rather ill.

    Supposedly tying Obummer into things relative to NK all of a sudden being capable of excellent, accelerated progress on their missile program, certainly makes one wonder. I for one, would never in a million years put it past Obummer to be front and center in prospects of NK becoming a fully nuclear ready nation.

    I don’t know where Obummer is at this moment . . . if I had my druthers I would wish him to be a occupant in the newly constructed additions to Guantanamo! (If not, then I certainly do hope that his name comes up when one the the thousands of sealed indictments are revealed.)

    Dr Eowyn . . . . Excellent post! Although, it is rather disheartening when we contemplate what this means for our nation.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. I am going to get pilloried for this, but my informed opinion is that North Korea does NOT have nukes, much less the ability to delver nukes to far off shores.

    I have not one shred of evidence to support this, but have done much research as to North Korea’s economy and what it takes to build a bomb. The amount of wealth, technical skill, and infrastructure to build a bomb is considerable; Even more daunting for a poverty stricken, isolated, and pariah nation.

    There is absolutely no way they have the bomb. And I believe the US Tyranny and rest of the Khazarian controlled West knows it too.

    After so many things the West’s Khazarian-media has tried the past several decades to feed us in the dark, it is not so impossible that they are feeding us more of the same about North Korea. The entire thing may be part of the Khazarian fifth-column’s propaganda lead up to their planned war with Iran–using more of our children, of course.

    I only post this to engender questions and thought about it.


  9. Very interesting. No clue who this is, and it’s not on infowars news site. I still don’t fully trust Alex Jones.
    This comes before Bannon’s outing.

    I can’t figure out who the guy is that Alex is talking to. I guess I missed it.

    Personally, I am not far from believing NK is a country controlled by the globalists. Some say CIA, but at this point I think there is an equivalent alphabet department that we’ve never heard of. It probably branched from CIA, but that is but the tip of the iceberg we were allowed to see.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Another video by James Munder. Apparently the Q posts are like a means of Trump funneling info to those able and willing to watch.

    So Barak Hussein Obama was in China around December. If this is true, then he would be involved in calling the shots and the Korean setup could still close on us like a trap. If nukes hit the US, regardless if it was from a giant traitorous plot, Trump would not have the power to prevent the enemy from working. The clock is indeed ticking. Oh Father in Heaven, if this true (or even isn’t), please guard our President and the Q.

    May you also open our eyes to the Truth. As we know, Satan paints with both darkness and light.

    It is my personal conviction that Trump may indeed not be our ally, but an upstart faction attempting to usurp the throne from others. Think Black Magic and White Magic. A recent series of articles I read on why Harry Potter is so wicked led me to learn the enemy likes to… well do exactly what the Holy Word of God says, deceive. The best way to deceive, is to pretend to fight the thing you are… The police state Trump might craft would have total control. I pray this is but paranoia, but if I were a snake, it is what I would do. Just like Augustus Caesar. One brilliant play. And all the world a stage.

    We must remember that we are the audience and our Heavenly Father and his only Son the true Deus ex Machina that sets all to right in the end.


  11. I express intense shame. Instead of posting the link, I posted a parasite post to the blog again.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. The people there are so down trodden and beaten and used up and starved they are probably programmed to think we did it. Many will never turn their backs on their supreme leader.
    They are so poor and yet they have to work one day a week free for their country. They know very little of the outside world. The most isolated people in the world.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Glenn47 . . . . You have given us a view that is truly worthy of consideration. These people are born into a horrific society, and all the days of their lives are spent in working for the benefit of their leader. They are poor, hungry and ignorant of the outside world, as you have said. If there were any people on the face of this Earth that deserve our prayers . . . it is certainly the people of North Korea.

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Let’s us all pray this sawed-off midget of a NORK truly is stoopid enough to nuke himself.

    See y’all in church. 😉

    Liked by 2 people

  14. Pingback: News You May Not Have Heard About — 01/13/2018 – News You May Not Have Heard About

  15. Pingback: Democrat heads will explode when Trump makes history with North Korea | The Olive Branch Report

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s