Seoul: South Korea has reportedly announced plans to almost triple the range of its ballistic missile system after a new agreement with the United States.
South Korea had been restricted to missiles with a range of 300 km under a previous security deal.
The deal was revised after neighbour North Korea tested a long-range rocket launch in April.
Now the whole of the North, along with parts of China and Japan, will be within South Korea``s new 800km range, the BBC reports.
It will also allow South Korea to triple the payload from 500kg for missiles over shorter distances, the report said.
The report quoted a spokeswoman for South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, as saying that there was no imminent change of strategy, but the new agreement was a political symbol of the strong alliance with the US and a deterrent to Pyongyang.
Another South Korean official reportedly said that ‘the biggest purpose of the revision is curbing military provocations by North Korea’.