South Korea capable of intercepting North missiles: Defense Ministry
Iran Press TV
Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:25PM GMT
South Korean Defense Ministry has announced that its missile defense system is capable of intercepting North Korean missiles should its northern neighbor decides to strike the South Korean territory.
'We have Patriot missiles. The missiles cannot cover all the nationwide territory, but if (North Korea's missiles) come within the area of our coverage, we can strike down (those missiles),' Kim Min-seok, a spokesman at the South Korean Defense Ministry, said at a press briefing in Seoul on Thursday.
'Our military is holding the full readiness posture on concerns that North Korea's missiles can threaten the safety of our territory and nationals,' he added
The Korean Peninsula has been locked in a cycle of escalating military rhetoric following the participation of nuclear-capable US B-52s and B-2 stealth bombers in recent joint military drills with South Korea.
On April 9, North Korea urged all foreign institutions, enterprises, and tourists in South Korea to leave the country, warning that the Korean Peninsula was nearing a 'thermonuclear war'.
On March 30, North Korea declared that it was in a "state of war" with South Korea. Pyongyang warned that if Washington and Seoul launched a preemptive attack, the conflict would "not be limited to a local war, but develop into an all-out war, a nuclear war."
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