Considering how the Chinese are accused of violating UN sanctions to help the North Korean missile program maybe Washington should renegotiate its missile treaty with South Korea to not only allow them to target all of North Korea but have missiles with the range to target major population centers in China as well?:
As a warning against future North Korean provocations, South Korea has announced it has developed a cruise missile capable of immediately striking anywhere within the communist country.
Thursday’s announcement of the longer-range missile came six days after North Korea’s failed attempt to launch a rocket it says was designed to send a satellite into space. The United States and South Korea believe the launch was a cover to test a long-range missile that could eventually strike the continental U.S.
The new missile has a range of about 1,000 kilometers, approximately 625 miles, Maj. Gen. Shin Won-sik, in charge of policy planning at the Ministry of National Defense, said during a news conference Thursday. He would not release further details.
Officials wanted to “set our people at ease” with the announcement and generate confidence about South Korea’s ability to respond to potential future North Korean attacks, a defense ministry spokesman said Friday, speaking on customary condition of anonymity.
“We are consistently preparing to defend ourselves against North Korean missile threats and provocations,” he said.
A second defense ministry official said Friday that new missiles already have been deployed within South Korea, but would not specify how many or where. [Stars & Stripes]
By the way the 1,000 mile range of this missile does put Shanghai with targeting range around the Gwangju area but South Korea would need a missile with a bit more range to be able to target Beijing.