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Donald Trump promises South Korea enormous weapon deliveries

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 | World News

In the midst of growing tensions with North Korea, US President Donald Trump has given South Korea massive supplies of weapons and military equipment. In addition, Washington wants to increase the pressure on Pyongyang within a week with stricter UN sanctions.

Trump is ready to approve armament sales worth billions of dollars, the White House said after a telephone call from the US President with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae In. Concrete details were not given.

Trump and Moon had underscored "the great threat", which means "the most recent provocation of North Korea for the entire world," it continued. They agreed "to maximize the pressure on North Korea by applying all the means at their disposal".

From 2010 to 2016, according to the Stockholm Sipri Institute, the US has supplied armaments worth nearly five billion dollars (4.2 billion euros) to its allies South Korea. The country was thus the fourth-largest buyer of US armaments behind Saudi Arabia, Australia and the United Arab Emirates.

Trump and Moon also agreed to lift the payload limit for South Korean missiles. This means that Seoul can now equip its ballistic missiles with a payload of more than 500 kilograms. This limit was agreed between South Korea and the USA in 2001.

 UN ambassador announces tougher sanctions
On Sunday, North Korea had ignited a hydrogen bomb. The atomic test triggered a quake of 6.3, the explosive effect of the test surpassing the atomic bomb of Hiroshima. Washington's UN ambassador, Nikki Haley, announced an urgent need for a catalog of harder sentences, following an emergency session of the UN Security Council in New York. The Resolutions draft was to be voted next Monday, she said. In view of the possibility of further rocket launches in North Korea, the greatest rapidity was offered.

South Korea continued a maneuver to demonstrate its military strength. Warships had carried out shooting exercises in the Japanese Sea, the Navy said. The purpose of the maneuver was to be able to respond immediately to the potential provocations of North Korea. A 2500-ton frigate, rocket ships and speedboats participated in the exercises.

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