S. Korea successfully test launches new 800 km-range missile
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South Korea successfully tested the latest
addition to its arsenal. A missile that can target any location in
North Korea. Kim Hyun-bin introduces to us Seoul’s first
extended range ballistic missile. South Korea has successfully test launched
a new, homegrown 800-kilometer-range ballistic missile. This is a threat to North Korea, as the missile
can target all of the regime’s key facilities when fired from the South. If fired from the South’s southernmost island
of Jeju, the missile can reach Sinuiju, a North Korean city bordering China. The new missile is the result of a 2012 deal
between Seoul and Washington, in which South Korea agreed to extend the range of its ballistic
missiles to 800 kilometers, more than double the previous 300 kilometers. “In accordance with the agreement between
Seoul and Washington in 2012, we have developed an 800-kilometer-range ballistic missile that
can carry a 500-kilogram warhead. I cannot give details on the specifics.” According to Seoul-based Yonhap News on Thursday,
citing a defense source, the missile tested was a Hyunmoo missile… and the test took
place at the missile test site of the Agency for Defense Development in Anheung, Gyeonggi-do
Province. Defense Minister Han Min-koo reportedly inspected
the launch… and the missile was said to have met all requirements for a normal test
— including flight and accuracy. South Korea currently has several Hyunmoo-type
missiles in its arsenal,… including the Hyunmoo-2A, the Hyunmoo-2B and the Hyunmoo-3,…
which have ranges of 300, 500 and one-thousand kilometers. The news comes just a day after North Korea’s
latest launch of a ballistic missile, which flew 60 kilometers before landing in the East
Sea. Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.

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