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South Korea has successfully launched a solid-fuel rocket on March 30, the Defense Ministry said, marking an” important milestone” in the country’s efforts to enhance its space-based surveillance capabilities. The test was conducted in Taean, 150 kilometers (93 miles) southwest of Seoul, and was the first since South Korea and the United States last year agreed to end decades of restrictions on Seoul’s development of ballistic missiles, Yonhap News Agency reported. “[The test] came at a very grave juncture in which North Korea has recently breached its moratorium and launched an ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile],” the ministry said. “Regarding space as a core realm that significantly affects national security, [South Korea] will strengthen space defense capabilities based on inter-service cooperation at an early date,” it added. The test aimed to “verify core technologies for space launch vehicles,” including the projectile’s fairing separation and upper-stage attitude control technology. The ministry also …