North Korea prepping large-caliber rocket launch system, South Korea says

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

The announcement, reported in The Washington Post, comes a day after a South Korean official said the North has the ability 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 North Korea’s recent rest-firings of 300-millimeter rockets suggest that its multiple launch rocket system is almost fully developed.

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

The 300-millimeter rockets are cheaper than missiles and are believed to have a range of 125 miles, giving them the ability to strike Seoul, a city of nearly 26 million people that lies just 35 miles from the demilitarized zone, the Post reported.

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