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US military deploys JASSMs to South Korea, says report

27 June 2017

United States Forces Korea (USFK) has deployed the air-launched Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) to South Korea for use by US Air Force (USAF) F-16 fighters operating from Kunsan Air Base, according to a Yonhap news agency report.

"USFK has more than 10 long-range precision-guided [cruise] missiles capable of hitting major facilities in [the North Korean capital] Pyongyang even when fired south of the inter-Korean border," the media outlet quoted multiple defence sources in Seoul as saying on 26 June.

"To my knowledge ... USFK considers making public a live-fire drill involving the JASSM in case North Korea carries out another strategic provocation, such as a sixth nuclear test," one of the sources said.

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