01 October 2013

Southies Getting Pushy With the Norks

South Korea is actually getting their hackles up and showing off in front of the Norks.

Two days after North Korea carried out its third nuclear test on February 12, the South's defence ministry called in the media for a video presentation showing the capabilities of the Hyeonmu, which has a range of 1,000 kilometres (around 600 miles).

"It is a precision-guided weapon that can identify and strike the office window of the North's command headquarters," ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok told reporters at the time.

The missile was displayed again in the afternoon as a pared-down version of the parade moved to central Seoul, huge sections of which had been closed off to traffic for hours in advance.

The tanks, mounted heavy artillery, mobile missile launchers and marching soldiers paraded down a 1.4-kilometer route from the city's ancient South Gate towards the landmark Gyeongbok Palace.

Such events are generally considered more of a North Korean speciality, with massive, highly choreographed parades involving tens of thousands of goose-stepping troops regularly staged in Pyongyang.

By: Brant

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