S Korea missile 'can hit North's leaders'

2013-02-14 10:59

Seoul - South Korea unveiled a cruise missile on Thursday that it said can hit the office of North Korea's leaders, trying to address concerns that it is technologically behind its unpredictable rival which this week conducted its third nuclear test.

South Korean officials declined to say the exact range of the missile but said it could hit targets anywhere in North Korea.

The Defence Ministry released video footage of the missiles being launched from destroyers and submarines striking mock targets. The weapon was previewed in April last year and officials said deployment was now complete.

"The cruise missile being unveiled today is a precision-guided weapon that can identify and strike the window of the office of North Korea's leadership," ministry spokesperson Kim Min-seok told reporters.

Ultimate aim to 'hit the United States'

North Korea has forged ahead with long-range missile development, successfully launching a rocket in December that put a satellite into orbit.

The North's ultimate aim, Washington believes, is to design an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead that could hit the United States.

North Korea, which accuses the United States and its "puppet", South Korea, of war-mongering on an almost daily basis, is likely to respond angrily to South Korea flexing its muscles.

North Korea, technically still at war with the South after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty, carried out its third nuclear test on Tuesday, drawing condemnation from around the world including its only major ally China.

The test and the threat of more unspecified actions from Pyongyang have raised tensions on the Korean peninsula as the South prepares to inaugurate a new president on February 25.

"The situation prevailing on the Korean peninsula at present is so serious that even a slight accidental case may lead to an all-out war which can disturb the whole region," North Korea's official KCNA news agency said.

  • fidel.uncensored - 2013-02-14 11:29

    The military industrialist are smiling!

      markt - 2013-02-14 11:47

      Supply and demand.

  • kelly.dini - 2013-02-14 11:49

    Hit them with Gangnam Style?

  • Eterni80 - 2013-02-14 11:50

    and let the pissing contest begin..

  • zebsonm - 2013-02-14 19:39

    if a mad man takes your all your clothes while bathing,running after the mad man leaves everyone watching wondering who between the two is the mad man.what obviously the south is not telling everyone watching this so called 'flexing of muscles'is what exactly will trigger them to use the wise weapons.maybe what is more apparent is that its not being on the side of the very powerful USA but reaching out to their northern cousins that will guarrant them eternal peace and stability.the two have to compromise big time to reach out to each other.for any of the two Koreas to dream of total victory is just unreasonable.

      avremel.niselow - 2013-02-14 21:08

      The south is happy, they have a thriving first world country, they have no interest in the north.

  • dane.herbst.5 - 2013-02-18 07:22

    ah i see america is ok with the south having missiles, but not the north, hypocritical if you ask me

      frank.liebenberg1 - 2013-02-20 11:55

      The South Koreans are not striving to develop aneclear first strike capability and are not delusional in their suppositions that somehow the USA is focused on "taking over their tormented paradise"..... easy to see why USA does not attach any particular threat status to South Korea devoloping missiles to defend themselves against the deranged souls north of demilitarised zone. Wake up and smell the roses....

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