In a bid to beef up their domestic protection outside of the American umbrella, South Korea has tested a long-range ballistic missile with the ability to reach anywhere in North Korea, Yonhap News reports.
The missile is reported to have a range of 800 kilometers (500 miles), was tested recently and met key flight and accuracy requirements, Yonhap reported on Thursday, citing an unidentified source. A spokesman for South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff declined to comment on the report at a regular briefing in Seoul.
This is Seoul’s first missile with an 800-kilometer range and it will give South Korea the ability to put its launchers in the south out of range of North Korean missiles,” said Michael Cole, senior non-resident fellow at the University of Nottingham’s China Policy Institute in Taipei in a Bloomberg report. “The thought of any country in Asia that can fire a missile that can come close to China’s border is never going to be welcomed by Chinese leadership.”