Anchor : South Korea is considering test-firing a precision-guided state-of-the-art cruise missile in response to North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile on Sunday. The South Korean military is also considering a massive joint military exercise with the United States in April.
Our Kim In-kyung reports.
Seoul is considering unveiling test-launches of its state-of-the-art cruise missiles and conducting an additional joint live-fire exercise with the U.S. in response to Pyongyang’s latest missile provocation.
A South Korean military official said on Monday that the military is considering test-firing its ballistic missile, Hyeonmu, or even disclosing to the public its usually behind-the-scene test-launch to clearly demonstrate its will to punish the North for its provocative actions.
The official said the military is also considering moving up the scheduled live-fire drill involving a long-range air-to-surface high precision guided missile in another show of force against the North.
The official said some military commanders are even saying the South should show in public, the test-fire of a new ballistic missile with a flying range of 800 kilometers that is currently at the final stage of development.
The official added these measures were aimed to ease South Koreans’ anxiety about the North’s enhanced ballistic missile abilities.
Another South Korean military official said the military is also considering conducting a large-scale integrated live-fire exercise with the U.S. military in April.
It is said the South will deploy K-2 Black Panther tanks, as well as K-9 self-propelled howitzers, AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters, fighter jets and 230-millimeter multiple launch rocket system, Cheonmu, during the joint exercise, if confirmed. Kim In-kyung, KBS World Radio News.