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Moon says S. Korea's SLBM development can be deterrent to N. Korean provocation: Cheong Wa Dae

18:31 September 15, 2021

SEOUL, Sept. 15 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday that South Korea's upgrading of its missile capabilities can help deter North Korean provocation.

He was speaking to officials at the Agency for Defense Development (ADD) following the successful underwater test-launch of an indigenous submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) at a local test site.

Hours earlier, North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into the East Sea.

Moon stressed that his country had conducted the SLBM test as scheduled, not as a response to the North's latest provocation.

"However, our enhanced missile power can be a certain deterrent to North Korea's provocation," he said.

He told ADD officials to continue efforts to beef up South Korea's defense capabilities, including the development of various missiles to overwhelm North Korea's "asymmetric" force.

President Moon Jae-in in a file photo (Yonhap)

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