Seoul: Amid North Korea Threat, South Korean Army is planning to develop its most powerful surface-to-surface missile to counter attack. The new missile, Hyunmoo IV, will build off two earlier versions of similar projectiles, Defense Tech reports.
US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed in principle to lift restrictions on South Korea’s missile program to allow the new missile to fly greater distances and carry warheads twice as heavy.
A bilateral treaty between the US and South Korea limits the range and payload of South Korean missiles; in 2012, the limits were set at 800 km (500 mi.) and a payload weight of 500 kg (1,100 lbs.). Now, it stands to be increased again.
Moon and Trump shared the view that more powerful South Korean missiles were “necessary to strengthen South Korean capabilities in response to North Korea’s provocations and threats,” the Blue House, Seoul’s presidential residence, said in early September.