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South Korea gets OK to extend reach of missiles

Green light from US also permits heavier payloads

SEOUL — South Korea has reached an agreement with the United States that lets Seoul more than double the range of its ballistic missiles to counter what it considers to be a growing threat from North Korea.

The revised agreement, which also tries to address Washington’s worries about a regional arms race, increases the payload the ballistic missiles can carry and allows South Korea to develop and deploy more powerful unmanned aircraft, or drones, that can carry reconnaissance equipment and weapons.

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