Pacom Commander, South Korean Defense Minister Discuss North Korea

North Korea's nuclear missile threat and the United States

The US is considering allowing South Korea to double the maximum weight of its ballistic missiles as part of an agreement to strengthen Seoul's defences.

President Donald Trump reaches to shake the hand of South Korea's President Moon Jae-in after making a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House June 30, in Washington, D.C. The two leaders spoke on September 1 and agreed to strengthen South Korea's missile capabilities.

United States President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to revise a bilateral treaty that limits Seoul's ballistic missile capabilities amid the threats posed by North Korea.

"The two leaders are of the same mind about the necessity of strengthening South Korea's military in response to North Korea's provocations and threat, and they agreed on the principle of revising the missile guidelines to the extent desired by South Korea", Park said in a press release sent by e-mail to reporters immediately after the phone call.

Trump also gave "conceptual" authorization for the purchase of billions of dollars worth of United States military equipment to Seoul according to the White House. The two countries technically remain at war since a truce agreed to end the 1950-1953 Korean War was never followed by a peace agreement.

North Korea fired a Hwasong-12 missile on August 29 capable of carrying a nuclear payload that traveled almost 2,700 kilometers into the Pacific and triggered alert warnings as it flew over Japan's northern island of Hokkaido.

Seoul is now allowed to possess ballistic missiles with a range of 800 km and payload of 500 kg, but it wants the weight limit raised to 1,000 kg. Pyongyang has been trying to produce a nuclear capable missile capable of striking the American homeland and recently threatened to launch missiles towards the waters near the U.S. territory of Guam in the Pacific. Seoul wants to increase the payload to a tonne. The two leaders pledged to continue applying strong diplomatic and economic pressure on the regime and take necessary preparations to deter and defend against North Korea's growing threats.

In the wake of North Korea's second launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on July 28th, President Moon ordered the start of working-level talks on revising the missile guideline with the U.S.



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