U.S. Pacific Command Touts Expanded South Korea Missile Range

South Korea will be better positioned to defend itself against North Korean aggression thanks to a recent agreement reached with the United States that nearly triples the South's permitted ballistic missile range, U.S. Pacific Command said in a Friday statement to the Yonhap News Agency.

Under the bilateral missile agreement, South Korea can now manufacture high-altitude missiles with ranges just under 500 miles, up from a 186-mile range permitted under an older accord.

"This improved range distance will provide a defensive capability that will allow the R.O.K. and allies to defend against the D.P.R.K. ballistic missile threat," stated U.S. Pacific Command.

North Korea has responded harshly to news of the new missile range, warning it possesses an arsenal of ballistic missiles capable of not only striking anywhere in South Korea but also the continental United States. However, the North has never successfully tested such an ICBM.

Washington views Pyongyang's nuclear weapons activities as "the most urgent threat in the region," according to the Hawaii-based command, which pledged to continue actively supporting allies there in deterring North Korea.

October 15, 2012
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South Korea will be better positioned to defend itself against North Korean aggression thanks to a recent agreement reached with the United States that nearly triples the South's permitted ballistic missile range, U.S. Pacific Command said in a Friday statement to the Yonhap News Agency.

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