South Korea anticipates activating its indigenous missile defense system no later than 2020 in order to meet the rising nuclear and missile threat from its neighbor to the north, the Yonhap News Agency reported on Tuesday.
The envisioned antimissile "kill chain" technology would send off an early alert of a detected imminent missile assault and launch responding weapons to neutralize the threat.
"As it is currently under development, it needs to be pushed to be completed under a mid- and long-term plan by 2020," South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin informed parliament. An effort is being made to develop the capability to terminate missiles before they can be fired in a strike, he said.
"We can't say with 100 percent certainty" whether the military will have the ability to eliminate the North's movable missiles before they can strike targets in the South, the minister said.