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S. Korea, US agree on boosting missile capability: Media

Published on Oct 6, 2012 1:01 PM

SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korea and the United States have reached an agreement on extending the range of Seoul's ballistic missiles to counter threat from North Korea, local media reported on Saturday, citing unnamed government officials.

A government source told the influential Chosun Ilbo daily on Friday that the two countries had wrapped up negotiations on extending the range of the ballistic missiles to 800km to cover all of North Korea.

The unnamed government source was quoted as saying the two sides have also agreed to maintain the payload limit at the current level of 500kg.

However if South Korea decides to accept a missile range limit of 550km, not 800km, it could increase the payload to one tonne, the newspaper said.

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