Seoul, April 6: On Thursday South Korea has successfully launched a new home-developed ballistic missile with a range long enough to hit any part of North Korea. As the missile can target all of the regime's key facilities when fired from the South this will be a threat to North Korea.South Korea has developed a ballistic missile that can put any North Korean territory within striking range. The South Korean military recently test-fired a Hyunmoo-type ballistic missile with a flying range of 800 km at the Anheung test site of the Agency for Defence Development (ADD) under the Defence Ministry.
The missile if fired from the South's southernmost island of Jeju it 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 km, more than double the previous 300 km.
South Korean Defence 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.
However, the missile’s flying distance had to be artificially downscaled in the test due to the space limit. It was the first time that Seoul has announced the successful testing of a ballistic missile with a range of 800 km. After several more tests, the military authorities plan to deploy the missile within the year. 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 km.
The newly developed Hyunmoo missile can reach North areas launched any were from South Korea’s mainland. In the case of military conflict on the Korean Peninsula, it is expected to be a key military asset that can be used to take out North Korea's leadership and nuclear and missile facilities.
The news comes just a day after North Korea's latest launch of a ballistic missile, which flew 60 km before landing in the East Sea.