South Korea Flexes Missile Power After North Test

South Korea Flexes Missile Power After North Test

Two days after North Korea’s nuclear test, South Korea signalled Thursday the deployment of a new cruise missile capable of a precision strike on members of Pyongyang’s high command.

The defence ministry called in reporters for a special video presentation of the recently deployed missile being fired from a warship and a submarine.

It has “deadly destructive power” that could “restrain the enemy headquarters’ activities” during wartime, Kim said.

South Korea’s military has been on a heightened state of alert ever since Pyongyang first threatened the nuclear test which was eventually conducted on Tuesday.

It was the North’s third test, following previous detonations in 2006 and 2009, and seismic data suggested it was significantly more powerful.

The test appears to have galvanised South Korea into flexing its military muscle and highlighting its own technological prowess.

On Wednesday, South Korea said it would accelerate the development of longer-range ballistic missiles that could also cover the whole of North Korea.

In October last year, South Korea reached a deal with the United States to almost triple the range of its ballistic missile systems — with Seoul arguing it needed an upgrade to counter the North’s own missile development.

The United States has 28,500 troops in South Korea and guarantees a nuclear “umbrella” in case of any atomic attack. In return, Seoul accepts limits on its ballistic missile capabilities.

The defence ministry also said it would speed up the deployment of a “kill chain” system capable of detecting, targeting and destroying North Korean missiles.

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