Donald Trump says Japan, S. Korea can buy more US military equipment

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South Korean navy vessels taking part in a naval drill off the east coast of South Korea

President Donald Trump said
Tuesday he would allow Japan and South Korea to buy more “highly
sophisticated” US military equipment, amid soaring tensions after
Pyongyang’s latest atomic test.
“I am
allowing Japan & South Korea to buy a substantially increased amount
of highly sophisticated military equipment from the United States,”
Trump said in a tweet.

Trump’s statement
came after North Korea on Sunday detonated what it described as a
hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile, sparking global alarm
with what was by far its most powerful test to date.
On Monday, the South’s military launched a volley of ballistic missiles simulating an attack on the North’s nuclear test site.
Trump
did not elaborate on the kind of weaponry and equipment he had in mind,
but the White House has said the president is willing to approve the
sale of “many billions of dollars’ worth of military weapons and
equipment” to Seoul.
The White House
statement also confirmed an earlier announcement by Seoul that the
United States would lift restrictions on South Korean missile payload
capabilities.
Seoul was previously
restricted to a maximum warhead weight of 500 kilograms (1100 pounds) on
its ballistic missiles, according to a bilateral agreement with the
United States signed in 2001.
The United
States on Monday launched a bid at the UN Security Council to quickly
slap the “strongest possible measures” on North Korea in response to its
sixth and most powerful nuclear test, but China and Russia argued that
diplomatic talks were needed to address the crisis.

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