Monday, October 8, 2012
This is coolbert:
The MoU [Memorandum of Understanding] has been modified. This was a minor item on the CNN cable news but caught my attention right away as you might have expected it would.
The American government and military giving the go-ahead to the South Koreans [Republic of Korea/ROK] for further enhanced ballistic missile capability.
That organic South Korean ballistic weaponry has existed for some time allowing for a deterrent/retaliatory counter minus atomic weaponry to the North Korean threat.
"South Korea says U.S. agrees to extend Seoul's ballistic missile range"
"Seoul, South Korea (CNN) -- South Korea announced Sunday that it reached a deal with the United States that allows Seoul to extend the range of its ballistic missiles, a move a senior security official says will deter military provocation from North Korea."
Longer range AND heavier payload!!
"The deal with Washington revised the range of Seoul's missiles from 300 kilometers (186 miles) to 800 kilometers (497 miles)"
"Under the amended pact, South Korea also can increase its current restricted payload of 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds), depending on the range of the missile"
This missile is of the Hyunmoo series. Appearances tell me this is a modified American Nike/Hercules that now functions NOT in the original surface-air mode [SAM] air defense capacity but NOW is a ballistic ground-ground weapon capable of some pretty precise accuracy and delivering on target a conventional payload of considerable destructive force.
Hyunmoo existing in a variety of missile types, ballistic and cruise both. Nike/Hercules when modified and carrying a high-explosive warhead with enhanced electronics capable and functional, adequate.
The ROK too also possessing I would have to think the scientific, engineering, technological, and manufacturing capacity to design in rapid order an indigenous ballistic missile design of formidable performance. ROK as well if the decision was made by Seoul ROK industry with ease [?] self-reliant and able to assemble a nuclear arsenal in quick order! This TOO is a possible?
North Korea and Kim NOT alone in being able to present to the world a WMD potentiality. ROK now in the top ten economies in the world with assured self-confidence able and willing to take measures they see as necessary and with American approval and perhaps encouragement!