S. Korea tests cruise missile, detects radiation from North

South Korea said Wednesday it had conducted its first live-fire drill for an advanced air-launched cruise missile that would strengthen its pre-emptive strike capability against North Korea in the event of crisis.

South Korea's military said the Taurus missile fired from an F-15 fighter jet traveled through obstacles at low altitudes before hitting a target off the country's western coast during drills Tuesday.

Estimates of North Korea's nuclear abilities hard to nail down What non-military options does U.S. have to address N. Korea crisis? U.S. military options against North Korea's nuclear threat The missile, manufactured by Germany's Taurus Systems, has a maximum range of 310 miles and is equipped with stealth characteristics that will allow it to avoid radar detection before hitting North Korean targets, according to Seoul's Defense Ministry.

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