That Video of a Failed Missile Launch Isn’t From North Korea

Have you seen this video of North Korea’s failed missile launch? It’s quite impressive, in that GEE WHIZ EXPLOSIONS! kind of way. But it’s not from North Korea.

On April 15th, the ironically named Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) reportedly tried to test out a missile. According to American intelligence reports, the missile blew up almost instantly. But the videos that have been circulating over the past couple of days aren’t from Saturday’s launch.

The video actually shows a failed launch from July 1, 2013 that wasn’t even conducted by North Korea. It was a Russian rocket called the Proton-M that was carrying a payload of three satellites. The destruction of the payload is thought to have been a loss of roughly $200 million.


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