London: The new South Korean government is to speed up the development and deployment of missiles capable of striking targets anywhere in North Korea.
South Korea reached an agreement with the US last year that enables it to develop ballistic missiles with a range of 800km (497 miles), reducing its reliance on the US military.
Under the previous with Washington, South Korea was limited to domestically developed weapons systems with a range of 300km (187 miles).
According to the Telegraph, no specific date has been given for the deployment, but a government official told the state-run media that the weapons would be sited as early as possible.
Kim Jang-soo, who will oversee North Korean policies as soon as the government of Park Guen-hye is sworn in next month, said that they would work toward quickly putting in force ballistic missiles with a range of 800km.
Park emphasised in her election campaign the need to step up South Korea`s defences and give the nation, which is still technically at war with the North, the paper said.