N Korea prepping large-caliber rocket launch system, S Korea says

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 9:02 AM

The announcement, reported in The WA Post, comes a day after a S Korean official said the N has the skill to mount a nuclear warhead on a medium-range missile that could strike targets in Russia, China, Japan and the Korean Peninsula.

N Korea prepping large-caliber rocket launch system, S Korea says

N Korea has developed a large-caliber multiple launch rocket system that's the capability to strike Seoul as early as this year, S Korea’s defense minister said Wednesday.

The announcement, reported in The WA Post, comes a day after a S Korean official said the N has the skill to mount a nuclear warhead on a medium-range missile that could strike targets in Russia, China, Japan and the Korean Peninsula.

Han Min-koo said Wednesday that N Korea’s recent rest-firings of 300-millimeter rockets propose that its multiple launch rocket system is nearly fully developed.

“Under this assessment, I think N Korea will deploy the 300-mm MLRS as early as the finish of this year,” Han told reporters.

The 300-millimeter rockets are cheaper than missiles and are believed to have a range of one hundred twenty-five miles, giving them the skill to strike Seoul, a city of nearly twenty-six million people that lies just thirty-five miles from the demilitarized zone, the Post reported.

N Korea recently has threatened to "scorch" S Korea’s presidential offices with its “powerful large-caliber multiple-rocket-launching systems,” according to statements from the regime.

The official who said Tuesday that S Korea believes the N can mount a nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile said there was number direct proof yet that it'd done so, but declined to elaborate.

"We've not seen them demonstrate it, so we don't share that assessment necessarily, but we do accept what they declare as a threat we necessity to get as real," Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said Wednesday when asked about the claim from the S Korean official.

"That said, we know that they've said they've that capability and we've to be -- we've to get them at their word," he added. "And that's why we've a missile defense system that we've been working and developing over time. As they've developed their capability, we've worked to outpace that capability with our defensive system."

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Fox News' Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.

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