The secretive state regularly threatens its neighbour to the south with annihilation.
But now South Korea has finished testing a new hit-to-kill interceptor missile.
In a recent test, the M-SAM or Cheolmae-2 stopped five dummy missiles.
“It’s possible to start mass-production of the missile later this year”
And now authorities say mass-production of the design could start later this year.
The £1million missile will catch and collide with incoming rockets at an altitude below 20km.
Further long-range munitions are being developed that can intercept altitude of 40 to 60km, the army says.
Ultimately the entire low-altitude missile defence system should be completed by the early 2020s.
Taking pictures in the DMZ is easy, but if you come too close to the soldiers, they stop you
“It’s possible to start mass-production of the missile later this year,” a spokesman said.
However, high-altitude defence will depend on the controversial THAAD system from the US.
Plans to deploy THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) were agreed by the last South Korean government.
But newly-elected President Moon Jae-in has expressed scepticism about THAAD, which has soured relations with China.
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