North Korea latest news: South unveils Cheolmae 2 missile interceptors

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NORTH Korea’s whole missile arsenal could be made redundant by one breakthrough invention.


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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.


Cheolmae-2 and South Korean president Moon Jae-inKBS-1/


NUCLEAR SHIELD: The Cheolmae-2 and South Korean president Moon Jae-in


“It’s possible to start mass-production of the missile later this year”


Army spokesman

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.

“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 .

Plans to deploy THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) were agreed by the last South Korean government.

But newly-elected , which has soured relations with China.






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