South Korea unveiled a long-range cruise missile and a self-made ballistic missile on Thursday in a show of power to demonstrate that it can deal with a potential threat posed by North Korea, it was reported.
Maj. Gen. Shin Won-sik told the Korea Times that the ballistic missile has a range of more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) and “can immediately strike anywhere in North Korea.” The cruise missile has a longer range of 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles).
“If we are strong, North Korea cannot make provocations, but if we are weak the North will provoke,” President Lee Myung-bak said. “To maintain peace, powerful (weapons) capabilities are required. These are not for the purposes of destruction but to achieve peace and deterring war.”
Tensions between North and South Korea escalated after Pyongyang test-fired a rocket that it claimed would take a satellite into space. The launch failed, and the rocket fell into the ocean.
“While maintaining unwavering readiness with this longer range weaponry, our military will firmly and thoroughly retaliate if North Korea conducts a reckless provocation,” Gen. Shin told the Yonhap News Agency.