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South Korea drops cruise missiles in live-fire drill

South Korea has carried out its first test of an air-launched cruise missile in a warning to Kim Jong-Un following the rogue's states nuclear test. 

The Taurus missile fired from an F-15 fighter jet travelled through obstacles at low altitudes before hitting a target off the country's western coast on Tuesday. 

It comes as South Korea found radioactivity in air samples collected days after the North's test on September 3, its sixth and most powerful to date.

The Taurus missile was fired from an F-15 fighter jet at a target off the country's western coast on Tuesday

The Taurus missile was fired from an F-15 fighter jet at a target off the country's western coast on Tuesday

The missile, manufactured by Germany's Taurus Systems, has a maximum range of 310 miles and is designed to avoid North Korean radar. 

Shortly after the nuclear test, Seoul announced it reached an agreement with Washington to remove the warhead weight limits on South Korean ballistic missiles. 

Under a bilateral guideline, these could be built for a maximum range of 497 miles.

A pre-emptive strike against Pyongyang's would be difficult to undertake, but it's widely seen as the most realistic of the limited military options Seoul has.

The North said its latest nuclear test involved a thermonuclear weapon built for its developmental intercontinental ballistic missiles that were flight tested twice in July.

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