Trump offers sale of 'sophisticated' weapons to S Korea, Japan

US President Donald Trump has said he will allow huge sales of highly sophisticated military equipment to South Korea and Japan to counter supposed threats by North Korea.

“I am allowing Japan & South Korea to buy a substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military equipment from the United States,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.  

Trump’s announcement of fresh arms sales followed North Korea’s testing of a hydrogen bomb on Sunday that can be placed on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

On Sunday, Trump spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about Pyongyang’s test. The following day, Trump also spoke with South Korean President Moon Jae-in about the nuclear test.

Eventually, the US president said he agreed to increased sophisticated arms sales to its two regional allies, Japan and South Korea.

The announcement comes amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

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