South Korean Aegis Destroyer to Detect Possible North Korean Rocket Launch

South Korean navy has sent one of its Aegis-equipped destroyers to detect a possible long-range rocket launch from North Korea.

According to Yonhap, government sources have confirmed that the ship has been given the task of detecting an indicated rocket launch from North Korea.

North Korea might fire a rocket in the next weeks to mark the 70th anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea on October 10.

The Aegis ship equipped with a state-of-the-art radar system already detected North Korea’s long-range rockets in 2009 and 2012 shortly after they were launched.

Sources added that the Navy is considering deploying one more Aegis destroyer in the East Sea.

Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok has, however, said that there was no specific sign of any imminent rocket launch yet. He also added that South Korea and the United States are keeping a close watch on the North’s moves.

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