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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on October 6th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Report Says US & South Korea Agree To Extend Missile Range

It looks like the US and South Korea have decided to agree on a new missile range agreement:

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

Under an agreement signed in 1979 and then revised in 2001 between the two military allies, the range of South Korean missiles is limited to 300 kilometers (186 miles) and a payload of 500 kilograms (1,102 lbs).

But Seoul has long urged Washington to amend the pact enabling the South to produce missiles that could reach anywhere in North Korea to deter the communist state’s cross-border provocations.

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 800 kilometers 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 500 kilograms.  [Reuters]

I am willing to be that much of the negotiations with the ROK in regards to the missile range extension had less to do with targeting North Korea and probably more to do with what China and to a lesser extent Japan think about the extension.  A 800 kilometer missile cannot reach Beijing, but it could reach the other major Chinese population center of Shanghai.  The missile extension also cannot reach Tokyo, but can reach Osaka and other cities in southern Japan.

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  • Seoul Guy
    12:13 am on October 7th, 2012 1

    :twisted: Disappointing… Let me ask foreigners here; wht does an independent country like ROK need to negotiate with the USA on missiles ROK wants to develop?

    I think Koreans in the South wake up and rise for independence of our people from the oppression of Americans…..North Koreans were right all along.

    I am for the North Korean long range nuclear missile program.

    Death to Lee Myung Bak and his cronies !!!! The traitors !

  • Seoul Guy
    12:16 am on October 7th, 2012 2

    :twisted: Down with US Imperialism !!!

  • Seoul Guy
    12:17 am on October 7th, 2012 3

    :twisted: quit meddling in Korean affairs.

  • Seoul Guy
    3:31 am on October 7th, 2012 4


  • Seoul Guy
    3:33 am on October 7th, 2012 5

    We’ll make sure LMB’s grin is wiped off his face for good.
    American dog. Traitor.

  • Tom
    5:44 am on October 7th, 2012 6

    Japanese TV says the US is just an old dying elephant. This broadcast says it won’t be long before Japan becomes free from the US who is going bankrupt. It looks like I’m not the only one who’s saying this. :lol:!

  • Glans
    6:23 am on October 7th, 2012 7

    I always wondered why the ROK agreed to limit its missiles. This CNN story by KJ Kwon says, “South Korea first agreed in 1972 to limit its missile range to 180 kilometers (112 miles) in exchange for access to U.S. missile technology.”

    The new agreement increases both the range and the payload.

  • Bill
    8:56 am on October 7th, 2012 8

    It’s about time there were better missiles in the ROK arsenal. North Korea has had the capability of hitting anything in South Korea (which is why moving US troops from near the DMZ “to protect them” was such a farce), for decades.

  • kangaji
    3:32 pm on October 7th, 2012 9

    Let me ask foreigners Chinese here; what does an independent country like ROKDPRK need to negotiate with the USAChinese on missiles ROK wants to develop? feed itself.

  • kangaji
    3:33 pm on October 7th, 2012 10


  • kangaji
    3:35 pm on October 7th, 2012 11

    Let me ask foreigners Chinese here; what does an independent country like DPRK need to negotiate with the USA Chinese on missiles ROK wants to develop feed itself.

  • DTS
    6:54 pm on October 7th, 2012 12

    It is long over due for the ROK to negotiate this agreement. They need to be able to develop the technology they can to range the DPRK threat.

    The US isn’t “meddling” in the ROK affairs; the ROK had agreed in a previous agreements in exchange for technology and military foreign sales. “Seoul Guy” your posts are more like “Pyongyang Punk” or “Beijing Boy”.

    As far as the Japanese wishful thinking regarding elephants they better look at their own population demographic and contemplate their own hostile position with regards to trying seize islands that they have very dubious claims to. If it were not for the US protective umbrella they have they would be exchanging live rounds as opposed to water cannon blasts with Taiwan, the PRC and probably even the ROK over Dok-do.

  • TheKorean2
    7:04 pm on October 7th, 2012 13

    DTS, the MCTR has nothing to do with ROK’s extension of missile range, it only limits missile exports and technology transfers to those with a payload weighing less than 500 kg. In fact, ROK is not a signatory of the MCTR. It’s sad that US is meddling in ROK’s affairs of lengthening ballistic missile range. :lol:

  • DTS
    6:15 am on October 8th, 2012 14

    Ok then what is this:

    and this:

    They all say the same thing. The ROK signed agreement with the US in 1972 to limit the range in exchange for technology. Now they are seeking to amend it.

    It’s not meddling, its diplomacy. If you make an agreement with someone and then you want to change it it’s called negotiating. It’s what civilized nations do as opposed to shelling an island or sinking a submarine, like DPRK politics.

    Show some proof they did not sign an agreement or is the whole world behind this meddling scheme?

  • Glans
    9:15 am on October 8th, 2012 15

    kushibo, is Seoul Guy a Chinese propagandist?

  • Dragonfly
    9:47 am on October 8th, 2012 16

    I think he’s related to Tom.

  • DTS
    7:08 am on October 9th, 2012 17

    I am disappointed when they don’t use the words “bellicose”, “lackey” or “running dogs”. Those are the insults that always give me wood.

  • TheKorean2
    11:34 am on October 9th, 2012 18

    DTS, you forgot that 1972 agreement was changed because South Korea joined the MCTR and signed another agreement in 2001. :lol: US is nothing but a big bully to South Korea.

  • DTS
    3:51 am on October 10th, 2012 19

    So whats your point they signed another agreement? How did the US “bully” the ROK? Do tell? I am sorry I thought Democracy broke out after Roh Tae Woo? You had three straight left wing Presidents that managed to spend billions of your capital on a failed policy with the DPRK? The best they got out of the deal was a photo op with Kim Jung Il.

    Please don’t blow smoke up my ass with your anti-American ungrateful rhetoric that there is no proof to substantiate beyond the “black helicopter and aluminum foil helmet” brigade.

  • arkhangelsk
    1:08 am on October 17th, 2012 20

    So, DTS. I’ll agree that perhaps SK was short-sighted to have taken the quick road rather than give the US an excuse to set limitations effectively as they see fit. But let me ask you how fair it is for one technology transfer to have binding effects for 40 years thereafter?

  • John
    1:57 am on October 17th, 2012 21

    From the information that is available, it seems South Korea is really bound by some type of treaty with the U.S, but it is rather unfortunate that an independent nation like South Korea cannot determine its own fate. It is totally dependent on Americans for its security.

    On the other hand, I don’t know if it is right course of action for the U.S. because it is taking too much responsibility for national security of another country.

  • DTS
    2:51 am on October 17th, 2012 22


    So what treaties and agreements between countries are good for???? I see your point but when countries crawl in bed with each other it comes at a price. IMHO I believe the ROK government followed the proper protocols in updating the agreement. I also believe the US should have approached the ROK government back in 93-94 to start boxing the DPRK in earlier with the threat of giving the ROK greater capability.

    Like I said just my opinion for what its worth; without the nationalistic BS and propaganda everyone wants to attach to this.


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