South Korea test-fires missiles capable of striking the North
Iran Press TV
Wed Jun 3, 2015 2:16PM
South Korea has successfully test-fired two long-range missiles that can hit any target in North Korea as the two states keep fanning the flames of animosity on military grounds.
South Korea's Ministry of Defense announced Wednesday that the missiles, reportedly capable of carrying a one-ton payload up to 500 kilometers (310 miles), were test-fired from a launch pad south of the country.
"The military tested two home-developed, long-range missiles that could hit any target in North Korea," a Defense Ministry official said on condition of anonymity, adding that President Park Geun-hye personally watched the launches.
The tests came just one month after North Korea successfully test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), although some in the West suspected it as an exaggerated claim.
Pyongyang also claims to have shortened the size of its nuclear warheads to fit them on long-range, high-precision rockets.
South Korea conducts usual tests of its ballistic missiles in response to what it describes as continued provocations by the North, with the last of such tests coming in April 2014.
Although claimed to be domestically-developed, the missiles are reported to be the outcome of the joint agreement between South Korea and the United States, which guarantees to triple the range and payload of Soul's missiles.
That agreement came in 2012 and allows the South to deploy missiles with a maximum range of 800 kilometers (about 500 miles) and a maximum payload of 500 kilograms. The ceiling on South Korea's missile activity is part of a broader deal between the country and the US in which Washington has promised to provide a nuclear "umbrella" against potential atomic attacks by the North. More than 28,000 US soldiers are currently stationed in South Korea as part of that deal.
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