If you thought that the turn of the New Year would see North Korea tone down their nuclear offensive on the rest of the world, then you were very much mistaken. Kim Jong-un has not, as we all hoped, made any resolutions to treat the people of this world with any respect and as such 2018 looks to be much the same as 2017 as far as a nuclear standoff goes.
However, when you combine Donald Trump’s penchant for Twitter tirades and Kim Jong-un’s instability as a leader, it becomes apparent that 2018 could be about to get a lot worse – in fact, it already has.
According to The Diplomat, an online magazine based in Tokyo which focusses predominantly on the culture in the Asia-Pacific region, North Korea has started the New Year with a bang – to their dignity – after the truth about a failed missile launch in 2017 was exposed to the world.
The incident allegedly occurred on April 28, 2017, after North Korea launched a single missile from Pukchang Airfield which failed shortly after and crashed in Chongsin-dong, a North Korean city, causing “considerable damage to a complex of industrial or agricultural buildings,” according to The Diplomat.
They report that “the missile’s first stage engines failed after approximately one minute of powered flight, resulting in catastrophic failure”.