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S.Korean President witnesses test of home-grown missile

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Seoul: South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday witnessed the test-firing of a home-grown ballistic missile to showcase the country’s defence capability against Pyongyang.

Moon visited a test site of the state-run Agency for Defence Development (ADD) in southwest South Korea earlier in the day to observe the Hyunmoo-2 ballistic missile’s test-launch, presidential spokesman Park Soo-hyun said.

The Hyunmoo-2 is South Korea’s indigenously developed ballistic missile with a range of 800 km, reports Xinhua news agency.

Moon’s visit was aimed as a warning against North Korean provocations, the spokesman said.

The Friday test-launch of the Hyunmoo-2 missile marked the fourth successful one. The ballistic missile will be deployed following two more tests.

Moon said he believes that dialogue, engagement and talks with Pyongyang would be possible only when South Korea has a strong capability for defence and security that will overpower North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.

IANS

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