South Korea has been able to create missiles with both liquid independently and solid fuel without restrictions, according to a new agreement with the United States, Kim Hyun-Jung, Deputy Secretary of the South Korean presidential administration for Security Affairs, said at a briefing in Seoul.
A video of the briefing was published in the social networks of the South Korean presidential administration.
“As of today, July 28, 2020, restrictions on the use of solid fuel for space launches have been completely lifted,” Kim Hyun-Jung said. According to him, all companies and research centers in the country, all individuals with the citizenship of the Republic of Korea can freely develop and produce any space missiles with liquid, solid fuel or hybrid engines, and possess them without any restrictions.”
Until now, the country had restrictions on the development of solid-fuel missiles, but now South Korea has agreed with the United States that such limits will no longer apply.
South Korea will be able to launch military spy satellites into earth orbit, flying at an altitude of 500 to 2 thousand kilometers, and monitor the territory of the entire Korean Peninsula.
However, there are still restrictions on the payload capacity of ballistic missiles with a range of 800 kilometers to 500 kilograms. Yet, as Kim Hyun-Jung noted, the issue of limitations on the range and payload of missiles for military purposes will be resolved “in due course” if necessary.
As reported by the Yonhap News Agency, talks between South Korea and the United States on easing restrictions on the characteristics of missiles lasted nine months.
South Korea already has its missiles, which were created earlier to counter the DPRK’s nuclear missile program. In the spring of this year, Seoul announced a successful test of the Henmu-4 ballistic missile with a range of up to 800 kilometers.
After the bloody Korean war of 1950-1953, which ended only with the signing of the armistice agreement, the United States maintains its troops and weapons in South Korea under the pretext of obligations to protect against the North Korean threat.