South Korea in a move to counter North Korea’s advancing nuclear and a missile capability is insistent to finish the development of ballistic missiles with range of 800 kilometers by 2017.
"The Agency for Defense Development has proposed the year 2017 as the time frame for the extension of its ballistic missiles' range in a five-year development plan," Yonhap news agency quoted an unnamed government official as saying Wednesday.
“South Korea plans to extend the maximum range of the military’s ballistic missiles from the current 500 Km to 800 Km,” another official said.
The military is "aiming at completing the development of the 800-km ballistic missiles by 2017 and deploying them for combat posture," the official added.
Other military officials indicated the development would mean South Korea will be able to hit any place in North Korea from any point of its choosing in the country.
South Korea is currently equipped with the ballistic missile Hyunmoo-2B, which has the longest range of 500 km and successfully went through a test-firing in early June.