Seoul to Increase Number of Hyunmoo Missiles to Counter Pyongyang Nuclear Threat

11:13:00 PM
SEOUL, — Seoul is going to increase the number of Hyunmoo missiles to counter Pyongyang's nuclear and missile threats, local media reported on Sunday, citing government source.

"To accomplish this, the South needs more ballistic missiles at its disposal," one of the officials said, as quoted by Yonhap News Agency.

According to the source, procuring more short-range Hyunmoo 2A and 2B ballistic missiles may help Seoul "neutralize" threats coming from Pyongyang. It also said that adding new type of ballistic missile to South Korea's military arsenal with range of 497 miles will boost Seoul's capacity to cover all territory of the North.

Hyunmoo missiles 2A and 2B have maximum ranges of 186 miles and 310 miles respectively.

In October 2012, South Korea and the United States reached an agreement to extend the maximum range of Seoul's ballistic missiles.

In July, South Korea and the United States announced that they had agreed to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system in the South Korean Seongju County amid increased tensions on the peninsula over North Korea's nuclear and missile program.



The Republic of Korea Army Hyunmoo-2B surface-to-surface ballistic missile.


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