One of the most important details to understand the complexity of Kim Jong Un´s tyranny is the fact that he controls information as his most vital source of power. Naturally, this is one of the reasons why North Korea is known as the Hermit Kingdom, considering that knowing what is taking place in this country has always been difficult.
Naturally, the goal of this strategy is to hide the numerous human rights violations and the unspeakable reality that the citizens live with. In addition, this strategy has always been used to never let the international community know certain issues, like the one that a new open source intelligence report revealed yesterday.
According to this report, North Korea appears to have accidentally sent a missile crashing down into a city during a test that went extremely wrong back in April. Of course, the regime has made colossal efforts to prevent this information from going public because it would show a very weak image.
Last year, this nation tested a new intermediate-range ballistic missile six times. The first three tests ended in failure, with one test sending a ballistic missile into a town not too far from the test site.
As everyone knows, Pyongyang conducted its third test of the previously-unseen Hwasong-12 IRBM. This impressive weapon served as a stepping stone in the creation of a longer-range missile that is able to range the American mainland, on April 28, 2017.
According to The Diplomat, citing U.S. government sources with knowledge of the regime´s weapons program, the missile fell out of the sky over North Korean territory soon after its first-stage engines failed. This happened about 60 seconds of powered flight.
Relying on photographs released by Pyongyang during a concert held in July, foreign affairs experts and senior editor at The Diplomat, Ankit Panda, was able to use satellite images to identify both the launch site and the impact point for the April 28 missile. He managed to make this analysis with the help of Dave Schmerler, a geolocation specialist and research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
Apparently, the missile was fired out of Puckchang Airfield, and it landed on what seems to be either an industrial or agricultural complex in the North Korean city of Tokchon. Given the fact that the liquid-fueled missile did not explode in flight –according to the U.S. government- there is reason to believe that this missile exploded when it slammed into the earth, causing incredible damage.
While the full extent of the damage remains unknown, satellite images show clear differences between the immediate before and after photos of the facility believed to have been hit by the missile.
Experts explained that what makes this type of failure extremely alarming is the fact that North Korea proceeded to fire its new weapon out of Pyongyang and over Japan into the Pacific Ocean, after a successful lofted test of the Hwasong-12 in May. If the missile fails over the capital city of the Hermit Kingdom, it would kill a significant amount of civilians, and the same is true of a similar failure over Japan.
Basically, if Kim Jong Un´s regime accidentally strikes a U.S. ally, this situation might trigger a regional military conflict with terrible consequences. After all, while everyone agrees that the United States would easily defeat North Korea in this hypothetical case, the problem is that Japan and South Korea would suffer great damage.
Naturally, this would create such terrible infrastructure damage that the economic cost would be extremely high. Of course, this is the situation that everyone is trying to avoid, considering that both Tokyo and Seoul are the most important allies of the United States in the region.
I'm sorry I think this tweet downplays that NORTH KOREA LAUNCHED A MISSILE THAT MISFIRED AND CRASHED INTO ONE OF ITS OWN CITIES. This is bonkers. And a terrifying reminder that launches over Japan could easily go wrong. https://t.co/zZ6CehzzhO
— Aaron Mehta (@AaronMehta) January 3, 2018
Lamentably, such catastrophe is quite possible with a dummy warhead, and Kim Jong Un´s regime has threatened to possibly conduct a hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific. As you can imagine, a failure involving a live nuclear warhead over the Hermit Kingdom or over a neighboring nation could lead to the deaths of thousands of innocent people.
Regardless of whether or not the communist tyranny accidentally slammed a missile into one of its cities, there are many serious risks associated with Pyongyang´s weapon testing, which is expected to continue this year.
Basically, the administration of President Donald Trump is forced to play a very dangerous game and the goal is not only to stop the regime but also to prevent a tragedy that would destabilize the region.