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North Korea Boosts Rockets, Tanks; May Target Seoul, Yonhap Says

Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) -- North Korea has increased the number of multiple rocket launchers, bolstering its capability to attack South Korea’s capital, Yonhap News reported, citing a South Korean government official it didn’t identify.

North Korea has more than 5,200 240-millimeter multiple rocket launchers, 100 more than previously estimated, Yonhap reported. The 240-mm rocket launchers have a range of 60 kilometers and can fire as many as 22 rockets in 35 minutes, according to the report.

North Korea has also increased the number of tanks by 200 and the country’s air force has bolstered its capability to intercept planes, Yonhap said.

North Korea fired more than 170 artillery shells onto a South Korean island on Nov. 23, some of which came from 120-mm multiple rocket launchers, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff has said. The attack, which killed four people, was North Korea’s first shelling on South Korean soil since their 1950-53 war.

The two countries remain technically at war since the war ended in a cease-fire, rather than a peace treaty.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bomi Lim in Seoul at blim30@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bill Austin at billaustin@bloomberg.net

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