South Korean President Moon Jae-in has invited North Korea, his country's archenemy, to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, saying sports can serve as a peace maker and the invitation is thus aimed at easing incessant tensions between the two neighbors over Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programs.
The North has also pledged to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that could deliver a nuclear warhead to the continental United States.
While the Blue House said that the Hyunmoo 2 missile that was successfully test launched was a key weapon in the "kill chain", created to counter North Korean nuclear weapon and missile attacks, military analysts believe that the missile's range and accuracy make it an offensive weapon that could be used in a precision strike against the North Korean leadership.
Rocket engines are easily re-purposed for use in missiles.
The death of American university student Otto Warmbier this week after his release following 17 months of imprisonment in North Korea has hardened the United States position and cranked up tensions in Asia.
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However, Do does plan to raise the idea of inviting North Korean players to join South Korea's women's ice hockey team for the Pyeongchang Olympics, a spokesman of the ministry said.
In February 2012, the North Korea agreed to temporarily freeze its uranium enrichment programme and stop testing missiles in exchange for fuel and food aid from the US.
The United States and its leaders are often the target of threats and insults from Pyongyang's official media outlets.
But South Korea's desire to improve its weaponry gained urgency as the North accelerated its missile programs.
South Korea's ballistic-missile inventory includes the Hyunmoo-2A with a range of 186 miles and the Hyunmoo-2B with a range of 310 miles.
This comes after President Moon Jae-in announced his intentions to pursue diplomatic talks with North Korea regarding the cessation of North Korea's nuclear weapons program since sanctions have not been effective.
It was the second such test of the SM-3 Block IIA interceptor, which is being developed by Raytheon.