US, South Korea Conclude Solid-fueled Rocket Deal

On July 28, South Korea’s government announced it had gained approval to produce new solid-propellant space launch vehicles under the conditions of a revised U.S.-Korea missile deal. The bilateral agreement had previously restricted production of solid-propellant space launch rockets over concerns that the technology was applicable to long-range missile development. Under its terms, South Korea remains barred from possessing missiles with ranges over 800 km.