South Korea has successfully test-fired a new missile capable of striking targets up to 310 miles away, which just happens to be far enough to strike almost anywhere in North Korea, officials revealed today. The test occurred last week, just one day after North Korea had its own tension-raising test launch, firing short range rockets off the eastern coast of the country, the New York Times reports.
The missile has been in development since South Korea signed a 2012 treaty with the US extending its ballistic missile range from 186 miles to 497 miles. In other Korea news:
- The defense ministry said it had tentatively concluded that two toy-like drones discovered recently were indeed from North Korea. One drone was mounted with a digital camera, and had 193 aerial photos on its memory card, including some of the South's presidential Blue House—though the quality was lower than what's readily available on Google Earth.
- South Korea rescued three North Korean sailors after their ship sank off the coast in international waters. The ship was carrying 16 people when it went down. Crews have pulled two bodies out of the water, but the rest are still missing, the AP in Seoul reports.
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