In my opinion, it is a logical step. It would be weird if China and North-Korea can have everything they want, but only allow South-Korea and Japan to have some short range missiles.문재인 대통령과 조 바이든 미국 대통령이 21일(현지 시각) 첫 정상회담에서 한·미 미사일 지침 해제에 합의하면서 우리나라는 42년 만......bemil.chosun.com
Just see this on Bemil Chosun sites. Talk on recent meeting between both ROK and US President. This talk on US agree for ROK developing more than 800km balistic missiles and 1000km cruise missiles.
This in my opinion can be a game changer if ROK pursue on Regional Balistic Missile (IRBM) range class, cause it will bring China into the equation. Not there's indication ROK will do it yet, but it's certainly within ROK capabilities.
Japan clearly already have capabilities even to build ICBM if they choose too. We can see that on Japan satellite launch capabilities. ROK also already on the satellite launch capabilities (off course not in the range of Japan yet), but still capabilities for IRBM is there.
Will US let both it's major allies in East Asia free hand now to build and install those capabilities ?
It wouldn't be only unfair — Japan and South-Korea will also regard the US as an unreliable ally. They may even have their doubts about on which side the US are.
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