South Korea intends to move quickly to prepare and activate new ballistic missiles that would able to target all areas of North Korea, the Yonhap News Agency reported on Monday.
"We will work toward quickly putting in force ballistic missiles with the range of [nearly 500 miles]. Reviewing our security readiness is a pressing matter," said Kim Jang-soo, who is heading up North Korea policy for South Korea's incoming president, Park Geun-hye.
A 2012 deal with the United States authorized Seoul to more than double the range of its domestically produced high-altitude missiles to close to 500 miles. South Korea had previously been limited to manufacturing ballistic missiles with maximum ranges of about 186 miles.
The new missiles are to be deployed as soon as is feasible, according to Kim.