Washington lifts range and power restrictions on South Korean ballistic missiles

In 1979, Seoul obtained an important technology transfer agreement from the United States for the development of its own ballistic missiles, in order to cope with the rise of North Korea in this field, very supported in this by Beijing and Moscow. This agreement included, however, a clause limiting the range of South Korean missiles to 180 km, and the power of the military charge, conventional of course, to 500 kg of explosive. With the appearance of new North Korean models more efficient and more powerful, and capable of potentially carrying nuclear charges, Washington modified these limitations twice; first time in 1997...

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