Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Carl Levin is down with South Korea boosting its ballistic missile ranges, which are currently limited to 300 km under a bilateral agreement with the United States:

Sen. Carl Levin, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Tuesday that he would not take issue with South Korea’s development of longer-range missiles if they are deployed in a “defense and non-threatening” way.

“If they want to do it in a non-threatening way, totally defensive way at its own expense, I don’t have any problem going on,” he said at the National Press Club.

South Korea’s missile capability is a sensitive diplomatic issue with its top ally, the U.S., and also a politically charged topic at home.

Not sure what the hell “a non-threatening way, totally defensive way” means when you’re dealing with ballistic missiles, but I guess this is good news.

PS: Similar sentiments were suggested in a recent Dong-A interview with Rep. Don Manzullo, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He said South Korean missile ranges needed to be extended so that they could hit anywhere in North Korea.