A missile launched by the North Korean military from Sunan Airport in Pyongyang in mid-March exploded and hit a university in the city, media reported.
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A failed North Korean missile launch killed two people after it hit a university, according to South Korean intelligence.
South Korea’s military said a missile fired from Pyongyang exploded shortly after takeoff during a failed weapons launch on March 16.
It is now confirmed that shrapnel from the weapon hit the city’s university, blowing off the roof and killing two people.
The Hwasong-17 missile was fired from Pyongyang Sunan Airport on the 16th in a launch tracked by Western militaries.
It exploded in midair shortly after its flight.
Initially it was reported that the missile hit someone’s house, but now South Korean intelligence agencies have said SBS News that it attacked the Pyongyang city university.
An official told the newspaper: “The rocket fragments did not fall like hail on a private house, but the main facilities in downtown Pyongyang were damaged.”
The newspaper reported that a large crater had been blown into the ground near the Kim Jong-il Military and Political University, about 9 kilometers from Pyongyang’s Sunan Airport.
It is believed that part of the roof of the university was blown off, and two people died in the explosion.
The rocket launch is believed to be the 10th missile launch this year, demonstrating the hermit kingdom’s new intention to improve weapons systems that have long eluded it.
Lee Choon Geun, a research fellow emeritus at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Policy, told CBS News that if the rocket’s toxic fuel were to land on civilian neighborhoods in North Korea, they would likely end up have a major impact on health.
Footage released last week by North Korea shows the moment North Korean military officials count down from 10 before launching a new, extra-large intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
Dubbed the Hwasong-17, the missile is capable of hitting targets in most areas of the world including the United States.
Edited footage released by North Korea shows Kim walking out of a warehouse with two military officials shortly before the missile was fired.
The North Korean leader, dressed in black trousers, a black jacket and black sunglasses, can be seen pointing in the directions in front of him, while the footage has been slowed down to appear as if he is going in slow motion.
South Korea’s military accused North Korea of lying about the Hwasong-17 launch, and claimed it fired an existing weapon that was less powerful.
They say the weapon launched is the same as the one tested in 2017.
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