US, South Korea agree to revise missile pact to facilitate Seoul’s spy satellite

By: |
July 28, 2020 4:17 PM

Last week, South Korea became the 10th country to launch a military communications satellite but it was conducted by U.S. private operator SpaceX.

The change in the propellant rules took effect on Tuesday.The change in the propellant rules took effect on Tuesday.

South Korea and the United States have agreed to revise their joint missile guidelines to facilitate South Korea’s plans to build a spy satellite by easing rules on rocket propellants, Deputy National Security Adviser Kim Hyun-chong said on Tuesday.

Under the current guidelines, last amended in 2017, South Korea cannot build rockets using solid-fuel engines, posing a setback for its plans to develop a military spy satellite by the late 2020s.

The change in the propellant rules took effect on Tuesday, Kim said at a briefing in Seoul.

“This revision would allow us to have an unblinking eye that monitors the Korean peninsula 24/7,” he said.

“If we fire low-altitude launch vehicles based on our own solid fuel propellant as planned, it would dramatically improve our military’s reconnaissance capabilities.”

South Korea had initially sought to produce five of its own reconnaissance satellites this year to better monitor North Korea’s activities but the project has been repeatedly delayed largely because of technological difficulties and government changes.

South Korea operates several earth-imaging satellites but has relied heavily on U.S. intelligence to monitor North Korea’s military movements.

Last week, South Korea became the 10th country to launch a military communications satellite but it was conducted by U.S. private operator SpaceX.

Kim also said Seoul is also ready to discuss another revision to raise the range of its missiles which are currently capped at 800 km (497 miles).

In 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to scrap a 500 kg (1,102 pounds) warhead weight limit on South Korea’s missiles.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE, NSE, US Market and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, Check out latest IPO News, Best Performing IPOs, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Financial Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest Biz news and updates.

Next Stories
1Indian Army troops to get Israeli LMGs! More Carbines, Light Machine Guns, and Rifles to be imported
2Vaccine Maitri: Bangladesh only country in the world to receive 9 mn vaccine doses; PM Modi to visit Dhaka
3Trilateral NSA Secretariat to keep the Chinese Dragon at bay; IAF Chief visits Sri Lanka