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South Korea catches up to North Korea on the space race

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The North’s launch of a satellite in December was quickly condemned by the international community for violating United Nations resolutions, and was seen widely as a cover to test weapons capabilities. 

Washington is still somewhat worried about a space race with the North, says Scott Snyder, senior fellow for Korea Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. But after South Korea and the US reached a new missile agreement in October, allowing Seoul to develop longer-range ballistic missiles capable of striking all of North Korea with stronger warheads, it appears likely that Washington would no longer oppose the South’s development of long-range missiles.

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