US President Donald Trump offers sale of ‘sophisticated’ weapons to South Korea, Japan to counter threats by North Korea

September 5, 2017 10:30 pm

President (C), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in pose for photos before attending the Northeast Asia Security Dinner at the Consulate General Hamburg on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 6, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

US President Donald Trump has said he will allow huge sales of highly sophisticated military equipment to and to counter supposed threats by .
“I am allowing Japan & South to buy a substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military equipment from ,” 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.
Tensions heightened after the US and its allies launched annual joint military exercises and North Korea launched repeated missile tests.
North Korea is under mounting international pressure over its missile and military nuclear programs and has been subjected to an array of United Nations sanctions. But it says it needs to continue and develop the programs as a deterrent against hostility by the US and its regional allies, including South Korea and Japan.

This handout photo taken on September 5, 2017 and provided by South Korean Defense Ministry in Seoul shows South Korean navy vessels taking part in a naval drill off the east coast of South Korea. (Photo by AFP)

Pyongyang views repeated US war games in the region as a sign of hostility and practice for a possible future invasion.

This image taken on September 4, 2017 at a former golf course in Seongju shows sophisticated US THAAD missile system deployed in South Korea. (Photo by AFP)

Pyongyang, as well as its regional allies, China and Russia, view US military arms sales and its forces’ presence in the East causing insecurity and instability in the region.
In addition, the deployment of advanced US military hardware in South Korea, Japan and Taiwan compromise the security of North Korea, China, Russia and their partners. 
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