South Korea has announced plans to develop a new surface-to-surface missile to inflict “unbearable costs” on North Korea in the event of war. In that case China has an agreement with Pyongyang that it would help defend North Korea.
Seoul would use those three types of missiles as the first salvo of the missile strike and concentrate them during the initial phase of war to destroy North Korea’s long-range artillery units and missiles located in ballistic missile operating area.
Under agreements with the U.S., South Korean missiles had been limited to warheads of 1,100 pounds anda range of 500 miles. The Hyeonmoo IV reportedly would carry a warhead twice that size and have increased range.
Offensive military action against the North by the U.S. and its South Korean ally would likely trigger a massive artillery and rocket barrage across the demilitarized zone by the North that would devastate Seoul and the 20 million people in the metropolitan region!
A White House official said one of the president’s priorities will be to pressure China to be more forceful in efforts to rein in North Korea’s nuclear programs. In the end the US goal is to annex North Korea’s massive mineral stockpile, valued @ $9 trillion!
Defense Tech.org / AA Magnum Analayst Blog News Site 2017.