South Korea carries out live-fire cruise missile exercise amid growing tensions with North

The South Korean military released footage of the first live-fire Taurus cruise missile exercise, which was carried out Wednesday morning. The missiles would most likely be used in a preemptive strike against the North.

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In a show of force following Pyongyang’s sixth and most dangerous nuclear test, the South Korean military carried out the first live-fire exercise using the advanced Taurus cruise missiles, which could destroy North Korean military targets in a preemptive strike. Footage of the drill shows a Taurus cruise missile being launched from an F-15 fighter jet and then cruising at a low altitude before hitting its target.

The missile, which is developed by the Taurus company in Germany, can travel for 500 kilometers (about 310 miles) before reaching its targets and the South Korean Defense Ministry believes that the North’s military radar systems are not capable of detecting it. Ever since North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test, Seoul has ramped up its efforts to obtain weapons that can be used against its northern neighbor.

The missile Photo Credit: The South Korean military/Channel 2 News

Meanwhile, North Korea continues to criticize the new UNSC sanctions that were approved this week, claiming that it will continue to fight what it is calling the “threat of American invasion.” The North Korean Foreign Affairs Ministry said that the UNSC resolutions are a violation of Pyongyang’s legitimate right to defend itself and are aimed at “completely choking the state and the people through an extensive economic boycott.”

“Today, we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear armed North Korea, and today, the Security Council is saying that if the North Korean regime does not halt its nuclear program, we will act to stop it ourselves,” US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said after the sanctions were approved. “We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing, we are now trying to stop it from having the ability to do the wrong thing.”



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