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    South Korea Unveils New Guided Missile to Counter North

    In this undated photo released by the South Korean Defense Ministry on February 14, 2013, a South Korean sea-to-land cruise missile is fired from a submarine during a drill at an undisclosed location in South Korea.
    In this undated photo released by the South Korean Defense Ministry on February 14, 2013, a South Korean sea-to-land cruise missile is fired from a submarine during a drill at an undisclosed location in South Korea.
    Just days after North Korea declared it had conducted its third nuclear test, South Korea has unveiled a new missile it says is capable of hitting any target in the North.

    Officials in Seoul do not specify the cruise missile's range, nor have they given it a name.  But they say it can strike “anywhere at anytime” in North Korea.  Defense ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok says the new weapon is “extremely destructive and powerful” and intended to restrain an enemy from carrying out an attack.

    Kim says the precision-guided weapon is very accurate, able to hit the “windows of a North Korean command office.”

    The ministry released video of test launches from a submarine and a destroyer, showing the weapon hitting targets on land.

    Last year, the United States agreed to allow South Korea to expand the range of its ballistic missiles. South Korean military officials have said that is necessary in the face of a growing threat from the North.

    South Korea and Japan are protected under the American nuclear umbrella and the U.S. has numerous military bases in the two countries, with tens of thousands of military personnel.

    South Korea's military has been on a heightened state of alert since Tuesday's underground explosion at North Korea's nuclear test site. Large-scale military drills are underway in South Korea.

    Steve Herman

    Steve Herman is VOA's Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, based at the State Department.

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    by: lucille from: USA
    February 14, 2013 2:23 PM
    And some South Korean Males and Females cannot see the reason for the manditory military service and most have negative things to say about the US forgetting that had it not been for the US "having their backs" the North would have been calling each other comrade. Makes you want to say leave them fight their own war.

    by: Davis K. Thanjan from: New York
    February 14, 2013 10:20 AM
    The only way to pacify North Korean nuclear threat is to demonstrate that South Korea, Japan and the US have the capability of nuclear strike anywhere in North Korea, similar to the status quo of nuclear threats between Pakistan vs India, and China vs India.

    by: david lulasa from: tambua,gimarakwa,hamisi,v
    February 14, 2013 6:23 AM
    anyone who cares should not just wait to see what will happen next after the recent tests by both north korea and south korea...north korea and south korea should be asked whether this is the sort of a relationship they should have ..putting in mind that these are one people

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