South Korea is developing a ballistic missile with a range of 100 km to take out North Korean artillery positions. The project was launched by presidential order following the North's shelling of Yeonpyeong Island last November.
Democratic Party lawmaker Ahn Gyu-baek on Sunday said the Defense Ministry and the Agency for Defense Development have been clandestinely developing the missile and guidance system since the beginning of the year. Ahn added the project deadline is June next year and the president will attend a demonstration.
Once the missile is ready, the military will be capable of knocking out not only North Korean artillery positions that are exposed, but ones that are hidden in caves as well.
However, the Board of Audit and Inspection in a review of the project in May and June questioned whether the June 2012 deadline can be met, according to Ahn.